Farnese 2005 "Farneto Valley" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($8.49)
Black plums and pepper flirt with a distinct leafy, sappy green edge in the aroma; on the palate it's light and quite tart, simple black fruit with an acidic edge that brings it up to meet food. On the simple side, some might call it "coarse," but it's the kind of fun and food-friendly cheap Italian red that takes me back a long way in memoryland. US Importer: Empson (U.S.A.) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (Sep 6, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's rustic, acidic flavor profile makes it a natural with medium-rare rib eye steaks.

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