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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Two Tuscan Reds
Tuscan Sunflowers

Here's a beautiful Tuscan scene, a field of sunflowers, from Justin and Molly Paola's Trip to Italy - Florence & Tuscany page. Photo copyright by Justin Paola.

We've segued from Greece into Italy over the past couple of nights for a couple of modest Tuscan table reds, both nice enough food wines but the second markedly better than the first.

Fattoria di Lucignano 1995 Chianti Colli Fiorentini ($7.49)
Dark ruby in color. Fresh plummy aroma. Juicy and ripe red-fruit flavor, pleasant and easy to quaff, but startlingly short in the finish, seems to disappear as soon as you swallow. Importer: Estate Wines Ltd., San Rafael, Calif.; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Oct. 30, 1997)

Podere Scopetone 1995 Rosso di Montalcino ($10.99)
Dark ruby. Black fruit and heady floral aromas, a whiff of violets. Ripe, juicy and tart fruit flavors, full, fresh and long. Soft tannins suggest ageworthiness. Fine wine! Importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati; a Marc de Grazia Selection. (Oct. 31, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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