$13, 4 stars, 89 points, appassimento, Italy, malvasia, negroamara, puglia
Medium ruby colored this IGT level wine comes in at 14.5% ABV which is contrary to the fast moving legs on the glass walls. I get aromas (muted btw) of dark cherry, lavender, iron, crushed rock, blackberry and violets. The palate is dry with high acidity and medium tannins. Ripe black cherry, blackberry coulis, purple florals and some stoney minerality mix with a blackened cedar slate component. The body is full and the wine finishes medium (+) in length with a touch of heat which is unusual for me to sense. I like this rather silky brute, it presents itself with structure and fruit alongside some oak influence and unabashedly does so for $13. It gets 89 points from me and 4 stars. Drink till 2028 with hearty dishes. A blend of Malvasia and Negroamara that has been air-dried on mats and then pressed after the grapes have raisined. Salut….