Falesco 2000 Umbria Merlot ($17.99)
Clear dark garnet with an almost day-glo purple edge. Fresh cherry and plum aromas; juicy fruit flavor, fresh acidity and a tannic edge with a hint of black coffee. A good wine, but perhaps not up to the level that led the critic Robert M. Parker Jr. to declare the 1999 vintage one of the year's best values. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC.; Leonardo Locascio Selections. (Apr 7, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Works well with pan-grilled filet mignon.

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