I Campetti 2005 "Castruccio" Monteregio di Massa Marittima ($12.99)
Dark reddish-violet with a clear edge. Black cherries and spice in the foreground with hints of smoke and earthy "barnyard" lurking behind them. Flavors consistent, earthy black fruit built on tart, mouth-watering acidity, with dark fruit and pleasant barnyard in the finish. Definitely "rustic," but pleasantly so; an appealing, old-style wine and a fine red-meat match. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Oct 20, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Grass-fed local rib eye steak, pepper-crusted and pan-seared medium-rare.

WEB LINK: http://www.marcdegrazia.com

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Osborne 2000 Late Bottled Vintage Porto
View the next tasting note: Caposaldo 2005 Chianti