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Cecchi Cecchi 1997 Chianti ($6.99)
Weather was almost perfect for the 1997 vintage in Tuscany, the northern Italian home of Chianti, and as these wines start arriving on the market in quantity, my experience so far has been good - even with relatively modest, mass-market labels like this one. Clear dark-ruby in color, it shows fresh if simple fruit and spicy oak aromas and fresh, juicy and crisp fruit flavors. Simple but appealing, it's a good quaff and a good table wine at a budget-range price. U.S. importer: Excelsior Wines & Spirits, Farmington, Conn. (June 15, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: A light summer rendition of beef stew, using sirloin chunks and fresh garden vegetables and herbs, made a natural match for this simple quaffing wine.

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