Seghesio 2001 Sonoma County Barbera ($22.79)
This is an inky, dark reddish-purple wine, with luscious, fruit-forward aromas of deep, plummy fruit, a whiff of blueberries and a dash of vanilla. Swirling in the glass brings up intriguing elements of smoke, toast and even a hint of rare, red meat. Bold aromas lead into full and ripe flavors, tart acidity framing warm black fruit. A rustic Barbera in the Old Country style, it would make an interesting "ringer" in a flight of Northwestern Italian reds. US Importer: (May 15, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Rare beef is its natural companion, but it made a surprisingly good partner with a hearty but meatless dish of potatoes baked with Swiss Emmentaler cheese accented with fresh dill and a shake of cayenne.

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