Casamatta 2004 Toscana ($15.99)
Dark ruby, reddish glints. Dark cherries and kirsch cherry liqueur. Juicy and surprisingly ripe, tart-cherry fruit and a touch of anise, well shaped by bright, snappy acidity and a hint of red-clay earth. On the simple side but appealing and fresh, very good food wine. Loses much of its fruit within an hour of opening, suggesting limited aging potential. US Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y. (Aug 18, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Couldn't ask for a better match with a char-grilled local free-range hen.



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