2007 Cantele Riserva, DOC Salice Salentino, Puglia
The new year's all about expanding wine drinking horizons, so why not start by drinking obscure Italian wines? A blend of indigenous grapes, 80% Negroamaro and 20% Malvasia Nera, this is surprisingly very good. Dark colours, some oak, but a graphite minerality showing. Develops a meaty, savoury character, harmonious on the palate, transitions well.
A balanced, interesting wine . . . we all need to be drinking more of those.