Brindisi is a port city within the wine region of Puglia, where Negroamaro is king. The black grape makes up the majority of this full-bodied blend, along with Malvasia Nera and Sangiovese. Dense vanilla, smoked wood, subtle cloves colour the super-ripe black fruit. Thick in the mouth, but easily propped up by supple, sweet tannins. Dark chocolate cherries linger on the spicy and warming finish, even though this is a pleasantly surprising 13% alcohol. This is drinking well now (with rich ragu) but will merge some of the rough edges with additional time in bottle.