Allegrini 2001 Valpolicella Classico ($13.99)
Inky dark garnet, almost black in color, this wine shows reddish-violet glints when held up to the light. Typical dried-cherry Valpolicella aromas are accented with distinctly spicy notes that hint of oak, but the producer's fact sheets indicate that it sees no wood but is kept over the winter before bottling in glass-lined cement tanks. Juicy and tart in flavor, ripe sour-cherry fruit is balanced by mouth-watering acidity, with a lemony tang in the long finish. Good, palate-cleansing food wine, a traditional blend of the indigenous Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC. (Jun 5, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a Spanish-style rendition of arroz con pollo, chicken and vegetables in saffron rice.

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