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Le Terrazze Fattoria Le Terrazze 1997 Rosso Conero ($10.99)
Inky dark garnet in color, almost blackish-purple. Spicy oak and fresh if simple black fruit in the aroma carry over intact on the palate, ripe and juicy, backed by lemon-squirt acidity. Good, typical Italian red table wine. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati. (July 17, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: A thick pan-grilled T-bone is fine with both wines, and a touch of the Marchese alla porchetta flavors - fennel and garlic - in the pan-reduction sauce elevates the match from good to joyous.

San Lorenzo Umani Ronchi 1996 San Lorenzo Rosso Conero ($12.99)
Dark garnet, with rather shy black-fruit aromas at first, becoming much more giving with time; after an hour or more in the glass, it opens up to show anise and spicy aromas, delicate and appealing. Tart, somewhat tannic and a bit closed at first, the flavor also opens up with time to reveal layered complexity. A strong argument for giving some young wines time to breathe. U.S. importer: Martin Scott Wines Ltd., Lake Success, N.Y. (July 17, 1999)

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