Tormaresca Neprica 2008
Other Red Blends from Southern Italy, Italy
Intense ruby red. Aromas of red fruit, black cherry and black currant. Soft, balanced acidity on the palate and just tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Neprica is a great example of the inexpensive, utterly delicious reds southern Italy is capable of. This plump, juicy Neprica offers lovely dark fruit, licorice and herbs on a powerful frame. It is an incredible value. Neprica is a blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012. "
Wine & Spirits - "A fresh Mediterranean red, this blends negroamaro with primitivo and cabernet sauvignon to build its warm, lasting flavors. The spicy, dark fruit sweetness balances savory, gentle tannins, finishing clean and bright. Ready for the beach or a sausage pizza."
Tormaresca is the fruit of the Antinori family's investment in the Puglian region since July 1998.
The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 100 hectare (247 acre) estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 500 hectare (1,235 acre) estate near San Pietro Vernotico (Brindisi), closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region.
The new cellar is located at Minervino Murge while the commercial and administrative offices are in the city of Bari, halfway between the two properties. View all Tormaresca Wines
About Southern ItalyAbruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>3.2 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 1
- 4 Stars: 1
- 3 Stars: 2
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 0
7 ratings, 2 with reviews33/26/201351/25/2012
Incredible value, soft supple fruit driven but with nice acidity (very balanced for an inexpensive Italian)and just a touch of a Barolo like tar/licorice finish. They got the blend right on this and at less than $7 a bottle you just can't go wrong--excellent at twice the price.41/19/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Really nice, very drinkable wine...wish I had bought three cases..!henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL38/11/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT26/7/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
- 5 Stars: