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Palazzo Brunello di Montalcino 2006 (Italy)

Food Pairing
Herbed steak or fresh pasta topped with hearty meat sauce

In addition to the sweet cherry fruit, there are a few enticing things going on in this regal Tuscan red. I love the sherry-like, nutty tang as well as the more classic Brunello notes of tobacco and desiccated fall foliage. There's the faintest essence, too, of barnyard, just enough to be pleasant, especially if you're a farmer. Try it with herbed steak or fresh pasta topped with hearty meat sauce. $54.50 in Que.

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Life columnist

Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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