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Berardenga (Felsina) 1988 Fontalloro da Uve Sangioveto ($30.99)
FontalloroI have no idea why this 12-year-old beauty suddenly turned up at local retail, but I'm glad it did. Very dark ruby in color, it offers ripe cherries and dark chocolate scents, fresh and appealing. Full-bodied, tart and still quite tannic, it's showing no signs of age. Good balance and structure and drinking well, but still more time won't hurt. U.S. importer: Vinifera Imports Ltd., Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: Makes a fine vegetarian match with a fritatta with potatoes, onions and green peppers.

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Conterno 1998 Barbera d'Alba ($24.99)
ConternoDark ruby, with spicy black-fruit aromas, plummy and warm. Big and fresh flavor, fruity and acidic; black cherries and lemon juice. Good, full-bodied table wine, meant to go with food. U.S. importer: Vin DiVino, Chicago. (Oct. 16, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: A natural match with an Italian-style beef roast (Manzo alla Certosina) braised with anchovies, herbs and spices.

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