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Tenuta Albrizzi Primitivo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Salento IGP, Italy

La Strada (1954)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Watch an Italian classic with this impressive blend of Cabernet and Primitivo that hails from Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Its intriguing flavors complement Federico Fellini’s tale of a carnival strongman (Anthony Quinn) and a peasant girl (Giulietta Masina) he buys to help him in his act. The film and wine are each capped by a complex finish – and neither will be forgotten.

THE WINE

Angelo Maci, below, is a BIG name in Puglia – and he’s one of Italy’s most decorated winemakers. His exciting ‘Super Puglian’ release comes from Salento, the southernmost of Puglia’s three appellations (way down in the ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’). A past vintage scooped a coveted Grand Gold at Vinitaly – only 17 out of 3,000 entries receive this prestigious honor. This equally impressive new release also marries Primitivo and Cabernet (grown during the stellar 2015 vintage, no less) – and will be a winner at your table.

THE CELLAR

Angelo’s Cantine Due Palme estate has won a staggering amount of awards at Vinitaly. Perfectly timed with the estate’s 25th anniversary, it was named Best Italian Winery in 2014 (not to mention, Winery of the Year in the southern category three times). A passionate advocate of the region’s traditional winemaking practices, Angelo heads the Accademia dell’Alberello Pugliese, a foundation dedicated to protecting Puglia’s native grapes and trademark alberello (‘small-tree’) bush vines.

THE REGION

WM_AngeloMaci_tastingWhether you’re talking temperature or where to go for flavor and value, Puglia’s hot right now! Grapes ripen perfectly under its trademark sunny skies. And the region’s low-yielding old vines produce intense flavors. Top critic Robert Parker has described Puglian wines as “sensational bargains with real soul.” That’s especially true here – the Super Tuscans that inspired this red usually cost at least double.

WITH FOOD

ital_stuffed_eggplantPrimitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon both make mouthfilling, food-friendly reds – which you can expect in spades with Tenuta Albrizzi. Serve it to someone who would normally stick to a Napa Cabernet, alongside traditional Italian partners like stuffed eggplant or cavatelli (shellshaped pasta) with sweet sausage. You could also go for classic Cab matches like steak or lamb.

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