2003 Ruffino Fonte al Sole Sangiovese-Merlot, Toscana ($9)

WINE FIND

January 24, 2007|By Michael Dresser

This Italian red is a real overachiever when it comes to quality in this price range. It's a medium-bodied blend of Tuscany's traditional sangiovese grape and the merlot of Bordeaux. In this case the combination works, with the merlot adding softness and lushness to the spice and structure of the sangiovese. It offers well-rounded black cherry fruit and hints of Mediterranean herbs, with good acidity and liveliness. In addition, it's versatile and ready to drink. Serve with pasta, roast chicken, red meat.

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