Matteo Correggia 2004 "La Val dei Preti" Nebbiolo d'Alba ($19.99)
Clear ruby color, not too dark, shading to a pale violet edge. Black fruit and earth on the nose, a benchmark touch of Nebbiolo "tar." On the palate it's mouth-filling black fruit, firm acidity and a good dose of smooth but dusty tannins, with just a touch of Nebbiolo's typical "violets" in the finish. Sturdy 14% alcohol, offers a good sample of Nebbiolo style at a price well below Barolo or Barbaresco. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, and other regional importers; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Dec 11, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: The bigger the Nebbiolo, the more it needs roast beef or game. This lighter model, however, works with more subtle fair from pork to duck, turkey or flavorful chicken dishes like my choice, a chicken and mushroom "pilaf" with orzo pasta in place of the traditional rice.



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