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Manzone 1997 "La Serra" Barbera d'Alba ($14.99)
ManzoneThis dark garnet Northwestern Italian wine breathes appealing black-fruit aromas with tar and smoke and gamey notes. Big and tannic, juicy black-fruit flavors follow the nose; a whiff of menthol joins the gamey elements in a long finish. Earthy and unusually complex for a young Barbera. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Jan. 6, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's ripe, earthy and peppery flavors make it a particularly good match with a hot bowl of borshcht, Russian beet and beef soup.

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