Bill Dowd photoJohn Bove, longtime chef/owner of the quaint My Way Cafe near Saratoga Springs, NY, did a little digging when he came across an Italian wine bearing his surname on the label. He gladly shared a bottle with me to see what I thought of what he has come to call "my wine" even though he has no stake in the company.
• 2003 Bove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Roggio Antico
This is a delightfully fruity red wine with a big nose, quick burst of cherry and berries, and a quickly fading finish.That makes it great for a dinner wine when you're not particularly lingering over the beverage accompanying your pizza, pasta or complicated salad but do want something that makes itself known.
Even a few faint chocolate and tobacco notes are evident in the rush of flavors.
Most wines from the Montepulciano area of Abruzzi are a safe bet since the region has a centuries-old history of quality winemaking. Number this label among them
Retails for a very reasonable $8-$10 for the 750ml bottle.
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