Rivera, Castel del Monte DOC (Puglia, Italy) Nero di Troia “Violante” 2015

($17):  Nero di Troia, a virtually unknown grape outside of Puglia, is capable of making attractively rustic — in a good way — wine.  This one packs a punch, but without the rough tannins that frequently accompany that kind of power.  It’s a big red, with dark fruits flavors, but great bright acidity that keeps it lively and fresh.  There’s alluring spice that complements its fruitiness.  It would be a good choice for roast lamb this fall.
92 Michael Apstein Nov 13, 2018