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|Berardenga (Felsina) 1988 Fontalloro da Uve Sangioveto ($30.99)|
I have no idea why this 12-year-old beauty suddenly turned up at local retail, but I'm glad it did. Very dark ruby in color, it offers ripe cherries and dark chocolate scents, fresh and appealing. Full-bodied, tart and still quite tannic, it's showing no signs of age. Good balance and structure and drinking well, but still more time won't hurt. U.S. importer: Vinifera Imports Ltd., Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (Oct. 20, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: Makes a fine vegetarian match with a fritatta with potatoes, onions and green peppers.
|Conterno 1998 Barbera d'Alba ($24.99)|
Dark ruby, with spicy black-fruit aromas, plummy and warm. Big and fresh flavor, fruity and acidic; black cherries and lemon juice. Good, full-bodied table wine, meant to go with food. U.S. importer: Vin DiVino, Chicago. (Oct. 16, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: A natural match with an Italian-style beef roast (Manzo alla Certosina) braised with anchovies, herbs and spices.
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