Guido Porro 2005 Vigna S. Caterina Barbera d'Alba ($23.99)
Very dark purple with a clear garnet edge. Red plums and very subtle hints of brown spices and dusty red clay on the nose. Bright and tart, zippy red fruit and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. Ripe, acidic red fruit lingers in a long finish. Excellent food wine, carries its 14% alcohol well. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Dec 1, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Made for red meat, a fine companion with pan-seared natural strip steaks from Kentucky's Dutch Creek Farm.

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