Mazzei 2001 Poggio alla Badiola Toscana ($12.99)
This is a very dark garnet wine, showing bright reddish-orange glints against the light. Typical Tuscan-red aromas blend ripe black-cherry fruit with "sweet," earthy hints of leather. Mouth-filling and luscious, tart cherries and snappy lemon come together in a fruity flavor profile with good acid balance, with fresh, lemony acidity outlasting juicy fruit in the finish. US Importer: William Grant & Sons Inc., NYC. (Mar 18, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: The dark, earthy flavor of duck meat is a favorite with Sangiovese-based wines, and this one served well with a simple duck-leg confit used as topping for a dinner salad with Point Reyes blue cheese.



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