Ruffino 2002 "Fonte al Sole" Sangiovese-Merlot Toscana ($10.59)
Fresh, simple but appealing "fruit-forward" scents of wild cherries waft from the glass when this rather light garnet wine is poured. Fruity and tart in flavor, juicy cherry fruit with perceptible spicy oak as a back note. There's a hint of sweetness on the first taste, but it gives way to lemony acidity that provides balance. Tart-cherry flavors persist with just a wisp of tannins in the finish. With the addition of 15 percent Merlot and aromatic oak to a Sangiovese base, you could call it a "mini-Super-Tuscan." US Importer: Schieffelin & Somerset Co., NYC. (Aug 21, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Sweet Sangiovese fruit and crisp acidity make it a winning companion with a red osso buco.



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