Producer: Tenute Rubino
Region: DOC OSTUNI
Grape Composition: Ottavianello 100%
The rebellious eye is immediately distracted by the extremely colourful label, you’re tempted to climb into it and explore the world inside. But the Nose is there, tapping impatiently, and the Eyes have to turn back to the glass. Dressed in a lovely deep red, reminiscent of black cherries. “Oh finally, it’s our turn!”, the nostrils snap. Delicate but enveloping spices, they gracefully unroll into a tableau vivant of violets, black cherries, red currants and thyme.
The Palate is surprised and a little taken aback by the light crispiness of the wine. “It’s a primitivo”, the bright Eyes read out while still lost in the label’s art, “it comes from a particular area, Tenuta Palombara”. The taste buds are all a quiver, wanting to dive deep as well, down breathlessly into the liquid. They find a fresh juicy trail, a fine smoothness, a lively substance and at the end voilà the fruit returns and crashes into the cloaked waves of flavours.
Flavoursome and structured first courses, possibly with sauces, but also with baked lasagna timballo, orecchiette with tomatoes, barbecued ribs, green peppered fillet steak, cured meats and mildly matured cheese.