Friday, March 26, 2010
Farnese 2008 Negroamaro (Italy)
It has been a few days since I have been able to enjoy a glass of wine at home. The last few nights I have found myself out at a variety of events and by the time I got home it was too late to crack (or pop) something open. The worst part is that I was out at events that I couldn't just sit back and enjoy a glass of wine. That said, tonight I twisted the top on this Negroamaro from Italy (made in the Puglia region - the heel of the boot). Negroamaro actually means black and bitter, but this wine is so far from that description you'll be shocked at the black-and-bitter moniker. This wine is a real fruity expression of this grape, the nose is blackberry and smells almost sweet and juicy. The palate is blackberry juicy with some cassis, and just a hint of the bitterness this grape is known for on the finish - but it does not detract from the wine's juiciness one bit ... it fact keeps it from being too jammy. Black? Yes. Bitter? No way. Delicious? You bet.