I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy…of my pseudonym, that is. I was just doing a little perusing of my blog archives and realized that it was (drum roll please) AUGUST 27TH since I posted a wine recommendation. A-U-G-U-S-T-2-7-T-H!! That’s 4 MONTHS! Shameful. Just shameful.
It’s not exactly my fault. Circumstances have conspired against me. First, there was the unseasonable heat during our September trip to Connecticut. Then, while stopped in Philly on our way home, we hit the Belgian Abbey Ale motherload at Eulogy. By the time we got home it was nearly October. You know what that means, don’t you? Octoberfests! Our local brewery, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, hosted it’s second annual MECKTOBERFEST. You didn’t hear about it because BG never wrote up his post. But, trust me, it was fun! In October, the weather turns chilly, which meant it was time to eat chili. Somehow, wine and chili just don’t seem to mesh. Of course, I couldn’t drink wine while I baked (and ate) ButterBEER Cupcakes or BEER Bread. Then, before I knew it, the holidays were upon me, which calls for fancy cocktails.
So, you see, it’s not really my fault. Weather, travels, holidays and even movies have created a situation that resulted in there being a lot of beer and very little wine around here lately. And I dare to call myself “Wine Girl”…
Tonight, though, we remedy that. Boy oh boy, are you going to thank me. Let me introduce you to the 2008 Tormaresca Neprica…
I first had this wine a couple years ago in a restaurant when a girlfriend and I were out having a girl’s night. We split a bottle of it over dinner and each loved it so much that we made certain to jot down the label info before settling up the tab. We paid $45 for the bottle in the restaurant, so imagine my surprise when I found it for $11 at my local Harris Teeter!
It’s an blend from the Southern Italian province of Puglia. (It’s in the “heel” of the Italian boot.) The name “Neprica” is derived from the three grapes included in the blend NEgroamaro, PRImitivo and CAbernet. See. NE-PRI-CA. Kind of clever, huh?
You notice more when looking from above than from the view in my picture, but it’s a luscious ruby red pour. There are berries and spice on the nose. On the palate you get those same berries, plus some chocolate, and a wee bit of, dare I say…licorice? Generally, I’m not a licorice fan in any way, shape, or form. But this is very slight and not at all over powering. All those flavors, combine with the nicely balanced tannins to make up a rich, complex wine that rolls off the back of the tongue like velvet. And I should know…I’ve done the leg work on this one!