Santa Lucia 2005 Vigna del Melograno Uva di Troia Castel del Monte ($14.99)
Very dark reddish-purple, clear garnet edge. Earthy and rustic aromas, a pleasant whiff of "barnyard" with some sappy, stemmy herbaceous notes play harmony, but there's plenty of juicy red-currant fruit in there, too. Tart red fruit is more dominant on the palate, with plenty of food-friendly acidity and a distinct edge of tannins. An attractive hint of something like spring lawn violets emerges in the long finish. Complex and interesting, a fine food companion. US Importer: Vintner Select Inc., Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers; from Marc de Grazia. (Jan 13, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Try it with grilled meat or poultry. Earth meets earth in a very good match with garlicky roast turkey thighs.



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