Malivoire 2003 Ontario VQA Old Vines Foch ($16.00)
Very dark garnet, clear edge. Bold red and black-cherry aromas dominate in the aroma, with a back note of something intriguingly like dark toast. Impressive flavor, big and bold, fresh plums cherries, a hint of oaky vanilla, with soft tannins and tart, almost piercing acidity. It bears some stylistic resemblance to a good but young Chianti Classico Riserva. US Importer: Bouquet du Vin, Manhasset, N.Y. (Oct 21, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Noting its acidic, Chianti-like personality, I fashioned an Italian-style dinner to match, with bite-size bits of rare flatiron steak in a fresh tomato sauce over bucatini pasta.



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