Tenuta le Querce 2000 "Il Viola" Aglianico del Vulture ($18.99)
Returning to a wine that I last tasted in April 2004 and then judged would benefit from a little more time: No change in the very dark reddish-purple color, black at the core, and the aroma - blackberry, blueberry and spicy oak - seems little evolved. It's opening up on the palate, though, with full and juicy fruit, blueberries and lemons, still quite fresh for a 2000. Tannins are still present but seem smoother and more muted than in last year's tasting, and a snappy, lemony tang in the long finish makes it a fine food wine. US Importer: VIAS Imports Ltd., NYC. (May 7, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Couldn't ask for a better match with red meat, in the form of a locally grown, grass-fed strip steak pan-seared medium-rare.

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