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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Vicara A third and somewhat less-well-known neighbor of Barbera d'Asti and Barbera d'Alba in Italy's Northwestern Piemonte, the Monferrato cousin tends to be a bit lighter in weight, though still a country wine of substance:

Visconti Cassinis Ravissa 1995 "Vicara" Barbera del Monferrato Superiore ($9.99)
Clear dark garnet, with a pleasant scent of fresh black cherries and a whiff of fennel. Tart, bright fruit flavors are consistent with the nose; cleansing acidity and a soft brush of tannin in a rather short finish. Good food wine. U.S. importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons Ltd., NYC. (April 20, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: The bright acidity and forward fruit make a happy match with simply grilled lamb chops, which also serve to soften the light tannins in the wine.

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