2009 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia IGT

2009 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia IGTPrice: $7.99 @ K&L Wines imported by Chateau Ste. Michelle

What They Said:

Per K&L Wines 90 points and a Best Buy from the 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.”

What I Think:

(13.5%) 40% Negromaro, 30% Primitivo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon – Tormaresca is owned by the Antinori family, and distributed by Chateau Ste. Michelle. This bottle hails from the south of Italy and opens with lush but rustic fruit (strawberry, sour cherry, red licorice spice) showing nice depth. It comes across as juicy, smooth and balanced with some pleasant earthiness on the edges. Nice acidity and structure on the mid-palate despite the big fruit. Spiced on the mid-palate this one turns dry, meaty and herbal on the finish with smooth tannins and lingering black pepper notes. There is nothing out of whack here. Gets better with time and air so give it an hour if you can. Either way this is still the most exciting $8 bottle I’ve found in some time. I just bought 6 more!

Rating: Bulk Buy

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10 thoughts on “2009 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia IGT

  1. Heartily concur. Tormaresca — which I believe is still owned by Antinori, one of the largest, most respected and oldest (since the 14th century!) wineries in Italy — has been producing this very tasty and well-balanced red for some time, so it was good to see it appear on TJ’s shelves and at a great price.

      • TJs in the Chicago area, and probably other Midwest locations, have it @$7.99. This may be the one instance where California doesn’t get all the good stuff! Cheers!

        • Well let me know if you ever have any special finds out there that you want to guest blog on. That said, most importantly, I know who to check in with for the Midwest state of affairs next time I am headed to WI to visit with the family…

          • Thanks for the nice invite, will let you know. The Tormaresca wasn’t available at a different nearby TJ’s but other stores carry it, including the local Wine Discount Centers, also for $7.99. It turns out that the Grifone Primitivo, like the Roccalta Sangiovese and apparently several other cheapo TJ offerings, also is bottled in industrial town Pontedera (Tuscany), which seems to be one of TJ’s's bulk wine supply centers. The Roccalta was fairly forgettable where the Grifone P. clicked.

  2. Hi jenn, you should find plenty at the one in Oak Park and even more at the Wine Discount Center in Forest Park. Cheers.

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