Puglia is the ""heel"" of Italy and the country's third largest producing wine region. This region is hot and flat, but that is mitigated by constant sea breezes - especially from both sides of the southerly Salento peninsula - and long-established bush vines offer some resistance to drought. Primitivo is the most widely planted and well-known grape variety, but Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are also widely planted.As important as it is as a wine producer, Puglia is perhaps more famous for growing olives -- it produces more than 40% of the country's olive oil. They also grow vast amounts of Durum wheat, which is made locally into orecchiette, a flat ear-shaped pasta. Another speciality is maccheroni al forno, pasta mixed with meatballs, hard-boiled eggs and various other other ingredients. topped with a pie crust and baked in the oven. Roast lamb, from sheep which graze on the rocky hills, pairs well with the region's robust reds.
Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish. Drink now, but be sure to save a few bottles to see how it develops.
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