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Montecillo 1996 Viña Cumbrero Rioja ($9.99)
Clear ruby in color, this wine shows the vanillin and spice aromas that come from time in new oak barrels, a Rioja tradition. The heavy oak doesn't conceal fresh if simple black fruit, however, and good ripe fruit is even more evident on the palate, where it's well matched with fresh acidity. If not a complex wine, it's balanced and enjoyable, and serves quite well at the table. U.S. importer: W. J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., Harrison, N.Y. (Oct. 31, 1999)
FOOD MATCH: The wine's fresh fruit and crisp acid make it a very good match with a simple roast chicken.
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