by Qian Leung
At Apollonio, a mystery awaits: the barrels have a band around them, which could be grey, black, or fushia pink. What does it mean? Some journalists guessed that the pink ones held rosé wine. Actually, the colours indicated the sort of wood used for the barrels - grey is French oak, black is American oak, and pink is cherry wood. My favourite is probably the valle cupa salento rosso, made from primitivo and negroamaro grapes and aged in American and French oak barrels. The austere bitterness of negroamaro grapes is balanced by the hedonistic juiciness of primitivo, leading to a very enjoyable wine.