Over the past few days I've been slowly drinking a well priced wine (especially by Finnish standards) that keeps open wonderfully well:
Cooperativa Agricola Santa Barbara Barbaglio Salento IGT 2001
Negroamaro + Primitivo, 13,5% abv, 12,80€ (at which price I'm buying by the truckload)
Dark red. The nose is delightfully funky, sweetly fruity, with some dark & bitter tones (I see where the Negroamaro gets its name from). The palate is sweetly fruity, nicely funky and acidic. This is very Musary except not as complex - but at half the price I don't mind at all. Like Musar, this keeps open amazingly well. It has never lasted longer than three days, but even on the third day it is so vibrant that I would be amazed if it weren't nice on the fourth. But unlike Musar, this is also great fun straight from the bottle without decanting. These rustic Italians are such great fun aren't they?
For David Lole, I posted a picture comparing the Syrah and Tempranillo Riedels. The Tempranillo glass rocks! It is a very versatile glass and therefore my favourite all-round glass (reds & white & roses & sweets & fortifieds) - it seems to work with everything and IMO is better in this regard than the Riedel Riesling stem. But the glass really shines IMO with Champagnes and sparkling wines!
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.
No longer ITB.