Ocone 2001 VinGiocondo Vino da Tavola Rosso ($6.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, almost black. Warm and plummy, aromas of black plums and juicy cherries with a distinct hint of raisins. Similar on the palate, warm and seemingly soft, but snappy acidity becomes more evident on the palate, and the wine finishes crisp and dry. A bit short in the finish, but hey ... What do you want for $7? US Importer: Vin DiVino Ltd., Chicago. (Oct 2, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: A natural match with pizza or tomato-sauced pasta, but its soft, plummy yet appropriate acidity worked very well with a slightly more refined dish, roast pork loin studded with garlic and fresh sage.

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