Ambra 2002 Barco Reale di Carmignano ($9.99)
This is a dark-ruby wine, showing the bright reddish-orange glints that are often typical of Sangiovese. Plums and black cherry aromas add markedly spicy notes; concentrated, dried-cherry fruit on the palate is shaped by lemony acidity and a slightly bitter edge, with a somewhat vegetal "green bean" note, likely attributable to the Cabernet, adding background complexity. US Importer: Vintner Select, Marion, Ohio, and other regional importers; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Oct 7, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Crisp and food-friendly, it finds its classic match in red meat or tomato-sauced pasta dishes; it went very well, too, in a less traditional pairing, Jacques Pepin's tuna-stuffed tomatoes.



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