Nero di Troia
Rivera is a family-owned winery in northern Puglia, near the city of Andria and the remarkable Schwabian castle called Castel del Monte. The red wines here are predominantly of Uva di Troia (sometimes called Nero di Troia), and are completely different from those of the south of Puglia, which is hotter and dominated by Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo. Uva di Troia is a semi-aromatic red variety, a little like Frappato in that sense, and shows deep color, strongly floral/fruity nose, same notes on the palate but with fresh acidity and chewy tannins to balance, a knockout everyday red wine. Ian d'Agata says the grape tastes of 'red cherries, red currants, black pepper, tobacco and underbrush...' and as usual his notes are spot on. The Terranima is made from grapes grown in Rivera's own vineyards; the fermentation and aging take place in stainless-steel tanks; and the wine is aged in the bottle for at least a year to round out, a nice touch that is very unusual at this price point.
The food in Puglia is excellent, in my experience; delicious meats, seafood near the coast, and lots of vegetables. I would drink this Uva di Troia with red meats, substantial pasta dishes, and cheeses.