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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Here's an unusual entry worth recording if you're keeping a "life list" of grape varieties tasted. Teroldego Rotaliano ("Teh-RAWL-day-go Roe-TAH-lee-AH-no") is grown in the Rotaliano plain of Trentino in Northeastern Italy. In her excellent pocket-size book "Guide to Wine Grapes," Jancis Robinson describes it as "capable of producing deep-coloured seriously lively fruity wines with relatively low tannins for early drinking."

Teroldego Foradori 1997 Teroldego Rotaliano ($15.99)
Inky dark reddish-purple. Deep black-fruit aroma, prunes and plums and hints of licorice. Soft and juicy fruit flavor, tar and smoke; somehow manages to find structure in its abundant fruit despite relatively limited acidity that would render a less fruit-filled wine "flabby." Good quaffing wine and a delight at the table. U.S. importer: Vias Imports Ltd., NYC. (Feb. 12, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Roast chicken.

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