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Tiamo 1998 Rosso Puglia ($6.99)
A blend of 55 percent Sangiovese (the Chianti variety) and 45 percent Primitivo (the grape that's thought to be a twin or at least a sibling of Zinfandel), this unusual and highly affordable red wine from Apulia in the "boot heel" of Southern Italy is designated "Indicazione Geographica Tipica," a relatively new Italian designation indicating a wine made of grapes and in a style considered typical of its region. Very dark ruby in color, it shows ripe sour-cherry aromas with spicy notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Tart and fresh, red-fruit flavors are structured with zippy acidity; light-bodied but lasting, it's a well-balanced table wine and a very good value indeed. U.S. importer: Winesellers Ltd., Skokie, Ill. (April 8, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: A fine match with pork chops with citrus and mangoes in a nuevo Latino preparation (posted on The Food Lovers' Discussion Group at www.wineloverspage.com/cgi-bin/sb/index.cgi?fn=2&tid=2508.)
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