Tormaresca Neprica 2009
Other Red Blends from Southern Italy, Italy
Intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complimented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins.
Wine Enthusiast - "Neprica is an awesome blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon from southern Italy that offers an unbeatable price versus quality ratio. This rising star of Puglia would pair with meats, pasta or aged cheese and offers clean aromas of ripe fruit, spice and leather."
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.
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22 ratings, 10 with reviewsJohnnygofast - Kansas City, MO47/1/2012excellent value. good balanced wine.15/10/2012just ok.54/12/2012
cfaust - Bolton, MA33/3/201212/10/2012Disappointing Italian red.22/1/201231/27/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Decent nighty affordable drinking wine. Smooth and pleasant.Aloha Tom - Kilauea, HI41/19/201251/10/2012Larry Shortt - San Antonio, TX312/20/2011Ashton Smith - Aspen, CO412/11/2011
- Light & Fruity
Wow! I am no oenophile but I know when my pallet lights up, and I loved this wine from the first sip. Explosively robust and delicious. I am just discovering Primitavos and thinking it's time to move to Puglia, especially if all the wines are this good!412/10/2011
- Big & Bold
6,5 yes balanced, fruity and spicy flavour, perfect with foodsupan - Brooklyn, NY312/5/2011Wolfmagic 2012 - Juneau, AK311/30/2011
- Smooth & Supple
What a bummer this is no longer available! Bought a case @ $6.99 ea. and brother, I didn't know you could get such a great tasting wine so cheap! Value to quality ratio equals the best buy I ever made for red wine! Fruit forward, not jammy on the palate. Smoothe finish. Love it.311/29/2011Earthy and dry. too plummy. nice, but would't buy again. c+/b-311/29/2011mad dog 20/20 - New York, NY311/21/2011KLG - Naperville, IL411/14/201139/30/2011I bought this after a glowing review on Wine Enthusiast's website. I'm gonna cellar it for about a year. I'll update it then with a rating.38/14/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA48/8/2011Super wine - super value - great black fruit - wonderful fruity nose, excellent supple finish - what a find! nice video review on this at: http://www.wineexpress.com//shopping/prod_detail/main.asp?productID=28096&icid=HPRCNTLYVWD&uid=29BC15C5-6E66-4FD4-9828-FAEF789C1244#ReadReviews36/30/2011
- Smooth & Supple
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.
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