Corte Sant'Alba 2005 "Ca' Fiui" Valpolicella ($19.99)
Very dark ruby with a reddish glow; characteristic Valpolicella dried cherries with minerally back notes of wet granite and a hint of gunflint. Light-bodied yet intense, dried-cherry fruit is built on a sturdy base of mouth-watering acidity, with that same "stony" mineral character persisting with dried fruits in a very long finish. Impressive Valpolicella, this one's no light quaffing red. US Importer: Domaine Select Wine Estates LLC, NYC. (Nov 15, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a dish crafted to match: Risotto with celery, onions and crisp-fried bits of Canadian bacon standing in for pancetta.

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