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Garofoli (Marches), "Grosso Agontano" Rosso Conero Riserva 1994
Garofoli is the top red wine producer in this predominantly white wine region. Deep ruby-purple just fading at rim. Nose is muted, but with coaxing there is plummy fruit, cherries and a nicely rustic, barnyard aroma. Quite full-bodied and smooth on the palate the wine is subtly delicious, with plenty of blackcurrant and bitter-cherry fruit, an earthy, gamy meatiness and good framework of supporting tannins. Not too acidic, it is well-balanced though displaying just a little old-woody dryness on the finish. Lovely stuff for drinking within a couple of years. (02/99)