Epicuro Riserva

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This $5 red from the Salice Salentino region of southern Italy is a blend of Negroamaro (80%) and Malvasia Nera (20%) grapes. We really hoped this would be one of those off-the-beaten-path wine regions that grows generally-unheard-of varietals that can turn out really interesting wine at a reasonable price. It might be, but the Epicuro Riserva isn’t such a wine. The smell of this one is absolutely awful, and almost certainly the result of a very bad Brettanomyces infestation.