Apollonio, Salento IGP (Puglia, Italy) Negroamaro “Elfo” 2014

($16, Montcalm Wine Importers):  Negroamaro, which literally means black and bitter, is a marketing nightmare.  But don’t let that deter your buying this bargain red that delivers more than its price suggests.  With both black cherry-like fruitiness and delicate herbal notes, it’s more savory than fruity.  And charming to boot.  Mild tannins lend support while lively acidity demands another sip.  It finishes with a pleasing hint of bitterness.  This mid-weight red is perfect for pasta with a hearty sauce or even a robust tomato-based seafood stew. And it’s a bargain.
89 Michael Apstein Feb 18, 2020