Nicodemi 2003 "Dei Colli Venia" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($19.00)
Inky dark garnet, almost black. Black plums, leather and subtle spice. Mouth-filling and ripe, flavors follow the nose; full, juicy black fruit, pleasant earthy undertones, mouth-watering acidity and a soft edge of tannins. Structured and appealing, hefty but not overwhelming or hot at a rational 13.5% alcohol. US Importer: North Berkeley Imports, Berkeley, Calif. (Sep 10, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with pepper-crusted, medium-rare pan-seared rib eyes garnished with fresh chopped tomatoes.

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