Puglia, the sunny heel of Italy’s boot, is home to “sensational bargains with real soul,” says top critic Robert Parker. Here’s one you’ve got to try.
Affogato is a silky marriage of Puglia’s three stars: inky-dark Nero di Troia, aromatic Negroamaro and berry-packed Primitivo. It’s crafted by the Liantonio family – the makers of our hugely acclaimed Vigna Pedale Riserva – who are renowned for their deft touch with native Puglian grapes. At 1,300 to 1,900 feet above sea level, their Torrevento estate vineyards sit atop some of the highest and sunniest hills in Puglia – an ideal spot for growing grapes with ripe, rich flavors.
The wine takes its name from the Italian dessert affogato: vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso. That's because, in addition to its layers of dark fruit, there are also hints of freshly brewed coffee and vanilla (thanks to French oak aging), plus a velvety, well-integrated finish. The perfect red for your next Italian feast, Affogato will be delicious alongside traditional antipasti or meaty pasta – and is velvety enough to enjoy on its own (before or after dinner).