Piana del Sole Negroamaro Salento 2005

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Characteristically deep, dark and plum-coloured. Initially quite jammy on the nose, with slightly baked dark forest berry notes and big oak. There'... Read more

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2.50 5
06/09/2009

Characteristically deep, dark and plum-coloured. Initially quite jammy on the nose, with slightly baked dark forest berry notes and big oak. There's some cassis deep in there too, although blackberry syrup than fresh berry. Simple at first, then seductive. It's lighter in the mouth than it promises, but that's not necessarily bad -- especially in terms of its foodworthiness. There's a lot of tannin, but it's very soft and sticky. The body is medium, and the dominant flavour is a kind of plummy cassis, but there's a savoury, woodland character as well, and more delicate cedar-and-vanilla oakiness than the nose would suggest. Tastes hotter than its 13%. This is my second experience with Puglia's Negroamaro variety. Both have been IGT, and both have punched well above their price. I look forward to more. This would work pretty much where a Chianti would -- tomato sauces, lighter red meat like veal or seared tuna, smoked and cured meats, fatty, eggy tarts, etc. -- and could hold its own with something a bit heavier. (Afternote -- this oxidises fast with the bottle unstopped, and gains a sherry/caramel flavour, losing a lot of the elegant nose and palate. Marked down a point.)

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