Name of varietal: Negroamaro
Common synonyms: Nero Amaro, Abbruzzese
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Puglia, Italy
History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter description is more of a description of its uniquely concentrated spicebox characteristics. It’s a grape that’s been enjoyed in some form since at least the 6th century in Puglia, Italy. It’s been an enduring varietal in the region since it’s easy to grow in abundance and resistant to diseases and low rainfall.  
The wines from Salento are considered the best examples of wines made from Negroamaro. It plays a key structural role in Salice Salentino, a popular red blend it shares with Malvasia Nera, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. 
Characteristics of the grape: deep, dark, medium tannins, soft, round, blackberries, black currants, clove, nutmeg, allspice Read more »

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  • Antinori Neprica Puglia IGT 2007


    Woody, berry, and a bit earthy scents. Dry start, rather thin mid., tangy, with a nice full, warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Masseria Altemura Negroamaro Salento IGT 2006


    This is the first negroamaro I've had and I just loved it. dark, a fascinating, complex nose, a bitter coffee palate. at first i didn't think there was much finish, but it expanded. great match with dinner, too. at this price, try it!! Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • La Corte Negroamaro Puglia IGT Vigne Vecchie 2006


    Bought one today on sale for $7.33.Site description is right on point. A bit bitter in the finish. But very earthy and just from Nonno's barrel in the wine cellar. For $7.33 a steal ! A good everyday wine for the old world Romans. I'll return and buy a case for this price. Very deep rich plum flavor with a little sticky sock mixed in. Read More

    Wine review by Salvatore5841

  • It looks like there is a strong, devoted group that is totally engulfed with "zinfatuation". I am definitely one of those that likes a good, strong, bold, spicy Zin. This thread is narrowing in one particular related bottling, Primitivo, mostly out of Italy. What is your preferred Primitivo and why?My least favorite is A-Mano 2007. It was al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Preferred Primitivo

  • Vetrere Tempio di Giano Salento Negroamaro 2005


    While this wine has fine acid, the palate and finish come up a little thin and lacks complexity. However, for $13, it's not a complete disappointment. Read More

    Wine review by leahkmo

  • Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino DOC 2006


    Classic Salice gaining sweet fruit and wild berry tones from the addition of ... modernish take on Salice but Negroamaro is not a grape easily tamed. 88p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Notarpanaro Salento Rosso Taurino 14 Bt 2001


    This has the classic scents of Salice Salentino; dried tomatoes, burnt rubber, pruny fruit but it all comes together well in a rather rugged, dirt on the bottom of one's boots sort of way. In the mouth this has surprisingly bright acids and melting tannins supporting the fading notes of dried raspberries and dates. In the glass this gains more s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Antinori Neprica Puglia IGT 2007


    Not big, but definitely earthy(clay to me), full red fruit and a slight hint of licorice & molasses. This wine put me right back to Italy. I closed my eyes and savoured the last sip wishing I was there. I agree for the $10 price, it's a great value. Read More

    Wine review by LadyRed

  • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva Negroamaro Malvasia Nera Puglia Salice Salentino 2004


    just got a bottle, can't wait to try it! Read More

    Wine review by jem141

  • Antinori Neprica Puglia IGT 2007


    Hmm, personally, I cant smell fruit, to me it is a bit sour and alcoholic smelling, definately tastes earthy, leathery with a finish that is a little musty to me. I find it drinkable but not really savoring this one. Waited a long time to try this one, I'm disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

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