Nicolis Angelo e Figli 2003 Valpolicella Classico ($15.00)
Very dark garnet, black at the center, with luscious aromas of black raisins, dried cherries and a whiff of dark chocolate. Ripe, juicy and tart, very nicely balanced between sweet fruit and snappy acidity, with just a hint of the classic bitter-almond finish of Valpolicella peeking through the fruit in the finish. US Importer: VillaItaliawines.com, South San Francisco, Calif. (Sep 20, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: Fine with veal, beef or even picnic fare; it was unexpectedly, if cross-culturally, well-matched with the 5ichuan-style eggplant and pork dish featured in yesterday's Wine Advisor FoodLetter.
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