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Masi 1991 Campofiorin "Ripasso" Vino da Tavola del Veronese ($11.99)
It has been almost exactly two years since my last tasting of this hearty Italian red, and it's still in stock at local retailers at the same price I paid for my tasting in December 1996. Dark ruby in color with an orange hue, it breathes exotic aromas of spicy, brown sugar and black fruit. Warm and strong on the palate, its flavors follow the nose, with heady fruit and an aromatic edge oddly reminiscent of Bourbon barrels. Not a faint-hearted wine -- Ripasso is a Valpolicella fermented on the lees of the previous autumn's Amarone -- it meets its match with hearty food. Importer: Paterno Imports Ltd., Chicago. (Dec. 25, 1998)
FOOD MATCH: Roast capon with polenta stuffing.
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