Last week I was cooking up some casual Italian fare and wanted an inexpensive bottle to drink with our mid-week meal. I previously read a rave review from Wine Enthusiast on Tormaresca Neprica 2009 and wanted to see if it was really the value they claimed it to be. While a lot of ratings aren’t necessarily worth paying much attention to, in this case, the wine lived up to its review.
Tormaresca Neprica is a blend of 40% Negromaro, 30% Primitivo, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Puglia region of Italy. It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for around $10.
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Tormaresca Neprica pours a dark ruby in the glass. Aromas of ripe berries, vanilla, and anise emanate from the nose. The palate is smooth and balanced with tastes of blackberries, liquorice, and spice. The finish has lingering notes of sweet tobacco and black pepper. I am amazed at the complexity and balance this blend delivers for the price. Definitely pick this food friendly wine up and give it a try!
My Wine Rating- B+ (A- for value)
Food Pairing Suggestions- Perfect with pasta in a meat sauce, a burger, or pizza with cheese and sausage