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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.


An E-Mail correspondent asked me recently if I ever met a wine I didn't like. My reply? Sure! I occasionally hit a real disappointment. But I do try very hard to make the right choices at the wine shop so as to bring home very few unpleasant surprises.

Sometimes it happens, though. This one, for example, isn't exactly bad, but I'd have to rate it "boring."

Ruffino 1996 "Fonte al Sole" Sangiovese di Toscano ($9.99)
Dark ruby color. Spicy oak dances with black-fruit aromas, but doesn't dance gracefully. Fresh black-cherry flavor also succumbs to woody oak over fresh-fruit acidity. Fresh, simple, one-dimensional and rather short in the finish. Importer: Schieffelin & Somerset Co., NYC. (Dec. 23, 1997)

FOOD MATCH: Went OK with a chicken-sausage risotto.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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