Galea 2003 Südtiroler Vernatsch Alto Adige Schiava ($8.99)
This is a clear, ruby-color wine, not overly dark in hue. Fresh red-berry aromas add a whiff of volatile acidity, somewhat reminiscent of Beaujolais. In the mouth, though, it's more complex and interesting than any but the best of Beaujolais: Light-bodied and fresh, tart red-fruit flavors mingle with intriguing accents of white pepper and wet-stone minerality, clean and consistent in a long finish. Those who enjoy reds in the crisp, minerally style will enjoy this wine, but blockbuster-chasers need not apply. US Importer: The Country Vintner, Oilville, Va. (Jun 2, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with ribeye steaks, pepper-crusted and medium rare.



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