A tasty, unique wine made by the esteemed Antinori family in Puglia, the heel of the boot. It’s a blend of unfamiliar grapes negroamaro and primitivo (a cousin of zinfandel) with a strong dose of cabernet sauvignon. One word describes it: robust. Dark fruit like blackberries and plum rub up against earthy leather and bittersweet chocolate. Relatively supple tannins and bright acidity make it a great value food wine. 3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=1 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $9
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.