An elegant Primitivo
What I love with Italy is the endless wine varietals. If France has endless terroirs, its varieties are limited. Italy has more than hundred varietals grown in very specific regions. Today, I highly recommend Villa Santera, Primitivo di Manduria 2004. The nose was close to the plums reminding me of a Merlot. This full body wine boasting 14% has a fresh acidity, smooth tannins and an elegant presence in your mouth. I also picked up balsamic, cinamon and black pepper.
The finish was long on dry raisins.
And since no one knows about Primitivo, it's only $13. So go for it!!!!