The 2010 Cantele Negroamaro was ordered at Cube in Los Angeles, where it cost $10 by the glass. Denise and I love to get a cheese and charcuterie plate with a nice Italian wine. The wine list is loaded with good Italian selections at Cube. We had four cheeses - Camembert, vintage cheddar, benedictine and bleu - with prosciutto, sopressata and salumi mole also on the plate.
The unoaked quality of this wine is so impressive - I wish more red wines in the US were made that way. The freshness and the pairing with the food are heightened in the absence of oak treatment.
Whenever I have Italian wine with food, I am always struck by how well the two go together. It was the same at this meal, with the wine bringing out highlights in the meats and cheeses.
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