Mosby 2005 "Ossessione" Marche Rosso ($26.00)
Inky blackish-purple all the way to the garnet edge. In its fresh, ripe but subtle black cherries and delicate hints of spice, it bears some resemblance to an excellent Chianti Classico; but it comes from Marche, the Apennines from Tuscany. Fresh and dry, clack cherries and something like tart cranberries in the flavor; a luscious soft sensation on the first taste quickly gives way to mouth-watering, food-friendly acidity that lasts into a long, clean finish. This is one excellent Italian red, whatever long, strange trip it took to get here. US Importer: Mosby Vintners, Buellton, Calif. (Jan 7, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: It was perfect with penne pasta in a simple fresh-tomato sauce (frozen from last summer's garden) with brown mushrooms and sausage rounds, accented with garlic, black and red pepper and Grana Padano cheese.



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