2006 Schinosa Nero di Troia
I tasted the Villa Schinosa Nero di Troia at Vinitaly this year and was duly impressed by the suppleness and roundness of this wine. Don Ferdinando Capece Minutolo dei Duchi di San Valentino (I'm not kidding that's his name - you should see the business card) and his son Corrado (we'll just call him Corrado) with the help of consulting enologist Cristoforo Pastore have really done a great job. Their winery, Villa Schinosa is just a couple dozen kilometers on your way south of Trani, on the picturesque Golfo di Manfredonia on the Puglian coast. Puglian wines always remind me of bottled sunshine, kind of like that special glow you feel get after being out in the sun all day, and that is what I get from this wine. It is supple and flows richly across your palate, soft and full yet balanced. The wine has a distinct chocolaty nose with hints of cardamom, ginger and a wild aromatic, sort of violet and lavender-like that gives the wine its special character. The wine finishes with very fine grain tannins that one wouldn't notice with food. I'd have this with hearty pasta, maybe eggplant or spicy arrabiata pasta, any grilled meats and I wouldn't decant this it.