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It doesn't seem to make sense that a 1996 Ribera del Duero would come so cheap, and it might have been instructive to taste this one amid a "blind" flight of its competitors to give it a thoroughly objective rating. But as best I can judge from a straightforward tasting before and during dinner, this item from Bodegas Real Sitio de Ventosilla represents quite a bargain at its low-rent-district price.
Pradorey 1996 Ribera del Duero ($7.99)
FOOD MATCH: The full, ripe fruit flavors made it a natural match for a simple Italian-style casserole of pasta shells with ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce.
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