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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Terrabianca Terrabianca 1995 Scassino Red Tuscan Table Wine ($14.99)
At a relatively low-end price for the modern non-Chianti Tuscan reds, this one may not offer competition for its high-ticket cousins, but it's a good value and very pleasant drinking at a mid-range price tag that seems fair. It's a clear reddish-purple in color, with lovely spicy aromas, nutmeg and cloves, over luscious red fruit. Full, bright and tart flavors offer juicy sour-cherry fruit and cleansing acidity in balance. U.S. importer: Empson (USA) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (Aug. 28, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Good pairing with grilled boneless chicken breasts topped with a bit of melted mozzarella, onion and fresh tomato.

Rampolla Castello dei Rampolla 1996 Chianti Classico ($15.99)
One of the first of the highly reputed 1996 Chianti Classicos to reach this market, if this one's a fair gauge, it won't be the last I enjoy. Very dark garnet, it shows ripe black-cherry and spicy oak scents in a full, heady aroma. Big and tart flavors, black fruit and lemon-squirt acidity, are backed by soft tannins in a palate impression of substantial structure and balance. An excellent Chianti of real elegance. U.S. importer: Vias Imports Ltd., NYC. (Aug. 27, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with T-bones and a light fresh tomato-sauce pasta.

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