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Recommendations

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The current economic woes have us all looking to save money. For wine lovers, this is a challenging opportunity. There’s a lot of mediocre $10 wine out there, but there are also some gems waiting to be found. With this column, I’m launching a monthly feature I call “recession busters,” featuring overperforming wines that retail for $10 or less, with the occasional splurge up to $15. Now you can indulge without the guilt.

CANTELE Negroamaro Rosato 2008

Salento, Italy

Hot weather screams for rosé, and this charmer from southern Italy fills the bill with juicy strawberry flavor and a hint of sweetness on the finish.

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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2004

92/100 points

The aromas of bacon fat and smoke dominate the notes of rose and plum when this is first poured. A blend of negroamaro (85 percent) and malvasia near (15), it gains depth with air, melding umami richness with vibrant acidity. Decant a bottle for braised boar.

—June, 2009

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Cantele Primitivo 2006

88/100 points

Smoky oak meets juicy cherry in this meaty primitivo. Match the chewy tannins with burgers fresh off the grill.

—June, 2009

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