2013 Gianfranco Fino Negroamaro Jo, Salento (750ml)

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Country: Italy
Region: Puglia
Sub-Region: Salento
Grape Varietal: Negroamaro
Review Score: 94WA
Alcohol By Volume: 16.5%

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The 2013 Negroamaro Jo is a massive statement wine that deals an unforgettable blow to all the senses, eyes, nose and mouth. This Negroamaro is absolutely Baroque in personality with so many embellishments and exaggerations, it's almost difficult to know where to focus your attention. It presents an inky, impenetrable appearance followed by amazing aromatic intensity that is as wide reaching as its is penetrating. Jammy black fruit, rum cake, spice and blackberry pie are protagonists. There are oxidized or aldehydic tones of apple skin as well that seems to be a defining characteristic of Gianfranco Fino's wines. Pretty spice notes of cinnamon, espresso bean and toasted almond fill in the back. The wine is slightly sweet, but it also offers so much in terms of complexity, tannins and richness that the residual sugar feels very well integrated. It's hard to image what foods you could pair this wine with other than aged cheeses such as Pecorino or Stilton.

94 points, Monica Larner, Wine Advocate (Issue # 218 - Apr 2015)