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Masi 1999 Modello Rosso delle Venezie ($7.99)
MasiMasi 1999 Modello Rosso delle Venezie ($7.99)
Modello is a new style of wine made with respect to ancient regional tradition in the winery's home region, the Veneto near Verona. A blend of the local Corvina and Raboso Veronese grapes, it is a very dark ruby with a vermilion glint in the glass. Toasty caramel and molasses scents surround ripe, plummy fruit. Ripe and juicy fruit flavors are soft and accessible, with soft fresh-fruit acidity for balance and a light, pleasant bitterness in the finish. U.S. importer: Remy Amerique Inc., NYC. (Feb. 18, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a light dinner of turkey meat and peas in a cauliflower puree atop lightly curried lentil cakes.

WINERY WEBSITE: www.masi.it/UveFrescheIng.htm

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Walnut Crest 1999 Rapel Valley (Chile) Merlot ($4.99)
Walnut CrestIn a "blind" tasting, this wine rated well above its modest peers. Ruby in color, quite dark in the glass, it shows ripe black fruit and caramel aromas with vanilla-scented oak. Soft and fruity, it's not a "challenging" wine but pleasant and accessible; a good wine for by-the-glass restaurant service, and a near-unbeatable value in the $5 range. (Feb. 14, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: A straightforward matchup with a rare steak.

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