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Falesco 1999 "Vitiano" Umbria ($9.99)
FalescoVery dark ruby, almost black, with an odd, intriguing aroma of fruit and oak, blueberries and spice, with a haunting quality like old, dusty antique furniture in an attic. Ripe black-fruit flavors are structured by acidity and lent complexity by hints of tar and smoke. A blend of equal parts Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this is an unusually interesting wine for its price range. U.S. importer: Winebow Inc., NYC (Dec. 4, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a meatless Italian dish, spinach manicotti baked in tomato sauce.
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