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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Brancaia L. Mazzei 1990 Brancaia Red Tuscan Table Wine ($18.99)
Very dark ruby. Intriguing black-cherry, spicy oak and earthy wild-berry aromas. Fresh, ripe and tart flavors, black fruit and lemon-squirt acidity; soft and barely perceptible tannins add structure. Clean and complex in a long finish. U.S. importer: Empson (USA) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (Nov. 17, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Roast chicken.

Brolio Brolio 1996 Chianti Classico ($11.79)
A straightforward Chianti Classico from a large winery, this mass-market bottling is always palatable but rarely stands out. A rising tide lifts all boats, however, and the 1996 outing finds this Brolio ripe, fruity and delicious. It's a very dark ruby color, with black-cherry and spicy, faintly dank oak aromas. Full, juicy fruit and sweet oak, cherries and caramel, simple and quaffable; it's a red table wine that will surely delight Merlot-lovers. U.S. importer: Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Louisville. (Nov. 16, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with pasta shells in a creamy sauce with chicken and green peppers.

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