Acinum 2000 Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rondinella ($11.99)
The mention of "Rondinella" on the label suggests that this wine is made predonominantly with this variety in place of the usual Corvina in the blend, an odd thing since Corvina is generally considered the better variety. The formula works in this case, though, as this clear-garnet wine is a ripe and fruity delight. The aroma mingles characteristic Valpolicella dried cherries with a distnctly toasty, almost charred note. Light in body but big in fruit, it's juicy and fresh in flavor, with gently snappy acidity somewhat cloaked by fruit but sufficient for balance. US Importer: VIAS Imports Ltd., NYC. (Jun 4, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: An excellent match with lamb burgers made with a touch of Asian spice.

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