2012 Verso Rosso, Salento, Italy, $13.99/Sale $10.99: This comes from the Small Vineyards portfolio, which only includes wines that are from a family-owned estate, hand harvested and farmed in an ecologically friendly manner.
A blend of 60% Negroamaro, 35% Primitivo (aka Zinfandel’s parent grape) and 15% Malvasia Nera, it has a giant nose of figs, cloves, anise, vanilla and raisin. This is a mouth coating, full bodied wine with a smooth, polished texture and a tangy little pop on the finish.
A great wine for this slightly cooler weather. Fabulous with pasta, of course, and also with BBQ.