Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Cheap Grapes: Apollonio Copertino 2001
If you're like me, you find the landscape of Italian wine to be extremely confusing. To make matters worse, much of the good stuff (Barolo, Super Tuscans) is extremely pricey. Don't fret, because I've found a great red that has plenty of depth for a fraction of the price. Copertino is an interesting blend from Italy's Puglia region (the boot heel), made of primarily (70%) of a grape called Negroamaro. For those of you who love dark, earthy grapes - you'll love these devils. It is really ballsy, with a bit of coffee and cherry coming through. It's not super cheap ($17.95 in Ontario), but I'll bet it can be found for $12 in the US, and it's well worth the effort tracking it down. You're friends and family will be very impressed with your new 'discovery'.