Tenuta le Querce 2000 "Il Viola" Aglianico del Vulture ($15.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, this Southern Italian wine's hearty character shows in an almost blackish color in the glass. Warm and plummy aromas are accented by a note of licorice. Mouth-filling black-fruit flavors, plums and prunes, are structured by tart acidity and smooth tannins. A touch of oak adds a slight earthy quality, but fruit is dominant, with a snappy tang that goes well with food. US Importer: VIAS Imports Ltd., NYC. (Apr 18, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A versatile food wine, it pairs easily with grilled red meats, roast poultry or cheeses, and went just as well with a meatless option, a light-style variation on Alfredo-sauced pasta, accented with fresh sage.

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