Review: 2012 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia

Tormaresca NepricaTormaresca is part of the Antinori empire and is based in Puglia, “the heel” of Italy. We don’t get a lot of Puglian wines here, and we certainly don’t get many blends that include negroamaro, a dark red grape native to this area.

Neprica gets its name from the three grapes in this blend — 40% negroamaro, 30% primitivo, and 30% cabernet sauvignon.

It’s a curious concoction but a very drinkable little red wine. They call this “pizza wine” where I’m from — lightly jammy, lots of fruit, but with plenty of body to enjoy alongside a hearty, possibly spicy meal. Fresh red berries, milk chocolate, and a touch of vanilla give this a New World flavor, but the lightest dusting of dried herbs add some needed balance.

B / $12 /

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