Boccadigabbia 1999 Rosso Piceno ($9.49)
Clear ruby, with a reddish-orange glint when you hold it up to the light. Spicy black cherries and a hint of caramel seem consistent with the central Italian style. Fall and ripe, on the robust side, with tart acidity and firm but palatable tannins. US Importer: Various regional importers including Skurnik (NYC), Vin DiVino (Chicago) and Vintner Select (Cincinnati) (Apr 9, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's slightly bitter finish makes a perfect "like with like" match with a radicchio risotto.

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