First, Puglia? Class is in session!
Located in the southeast area of Italy, Puglia is, as you can see, the “heel” of the boot delightfully sandwiched between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. The sunny, warm, blue, green, yellow, beautiful Mediterranean climate is cooled by ocean breezes. This paradise has been home to many cultures, including Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Goths, Turks and Venetians. While the populations, subject to nature and wars, came and went from several centuries on through to the point where Italy was officially recognized, there was one constant: the grapevines. Flash to circa 1300. The Antinori Family has been making wine since then, yes, the 1300s. 7 centuries of winemaking has to teach you something! Neprica from Antinori carries forth the tradition and sets the standard for the future. Together with Primativo (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), the predominant grape in Neprica is Negroamaro (40%) grown almost exclusively in Puglia. The grape is dark skinned, typically producing wines dark in color, rustic in character with an earthy bitterness.
The flavors in Neprica are screaming for recognition but still working in seemless conjunction with their teammates. Ruby red in color, there is licorice and chocolate mixed with dark berries on the nose and palate. Seriously. If you have ever questioned how people claim to find certain aromas or flavors in a wine, if you have ever thought they just read the label, if you are of the opinion that the critics are just blowing smoke!!, this wine will make you a believer. The Metro Wines Tasting Panel stakes their reputation for straight talk on this promise, you will be able to identify the aforementioned characteristics in this wine. Neprica is just that distinct, that good. Seriously. And we would add two other adjectives we are confident you will find in this wine: leathery and chewy.
Ahh yes, the name. Nothing too complicated. This smooth blend is named after the three grapes that make it so, Negroamaro, Primativo, and Cabernet.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The estate’s 2010 Neprica is 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Sweet berries, flowers, mint, licorice and spices waft from the glass in this attractive, mid-weight red. A hint of oak on the finish is a bit obtrusive, otherwise the 2010 is an attractive wine best enjoyed over the next 2-3 years, while the fruit remains vibrant. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2015. Antinori’s purchase of two properties in Puglia a few years ago marked the beginning of a period of investment in Puglia that continues today. Puglia remains one of the most fascinating regions in Italy for its rich history and as yet fully unrealized oenological potential. These two entry-level wines from Tormaresca are solid values. " (2/ 2013)
" Medium-bodied, displaying a round mix of black plum, dark cherry and light fig notes, with layers of spice and hints of mountain herb and tobacco. Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now." (8/ 2012)
Food & Wine Magazine
"One of the 10 best wine values in the world." (12/2012)
And at $11.99, it is even a better, bigger value @MetroWines. This is the kind of bottle to buy by the case. 15% off when you do.