Auxo Lunae 2001 Colli di Luni Rosso ($18.99)
Inky dark-garnet, black at the core, this is a Chianti-like blend of Sangiovese (70%), Canaiolo (15%) and the regional Ciliegiolo grape (15%) from the undeservedly obscure region Colli di Luni, an appellation that crosses the border between Tuscany and Liguria near the Italian Riviera town of La Spezia. Plums and black cherries mingle in an attractive fruit-and-spice aroma that adds intriguing notes of gunflint and smoke. Ripe and juicy fruit flavors center on tart cherries, with earthy and spice notes that follow the nose. Firm tannins are present, but they're secondary to the fresh, zippy fruit. US Importer: John Given Wines Co., Manhasset, N.Y. (Apr 24, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: The simple flavors of a roast free-range chicken made a perfect backdrop for this crisp, fruity red.



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