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Rabbit Ridge 1995 California Montepiano Tuscan Style Red Wine ($9.99)
Here's a happy exception to the usual rule that California "Italian-style" wines are dramatically overpriced. It's a dark, grapey purple color, almost the shade of grape Kool-Aid, with pleasant black-cherry aromas and a juicy, cherry flavor that almost seems sweet at first but dries out with tart acidity as it crosses the palate. Made from Sangiovese, Barbera, Lambrusco and Cabernet Franc grapes, it's not quite a clone of Chianti; more like a second cousin, one with a laid-back California attitude. But it's a decent quaff, and the $10 price tag is about what I'd expect to pay for a real Chianti of similar character. (April 19, 1998)
FOOD MATCH: Went well with a hearty dish of leftover pork and tomato sauce over pasta.
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