Castello di Farnetella 2004 Chianti Colli Senesi ($11.99)
Very dark reddish-purple with ruby glints. Good, benchmark Chianti aromas and flavors: Black cherries are up first on the nose and palate, with an overtone of leather and a back note of subtle spice. Fresh and bright, mouth-watering acidity and soft, barely perceptible tannins. A fine wine, and it doesn't require excessive alcohol to please. Tart black-cherry fruit in a long, appetizing finish. US Importer: Polaner Selections, Mount Kisco, N.Y. (Jul 27, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: A natural with pan-seared natural lamb chops; it wasn't bad, either, with the accompanying flavors of fresh heirloom tomatoes and spaghetti with butter and sage.



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