I’m not worthy! Â I’m not worthy…of my pseudonym, that is. Â I was just doing a little perusing of my blog archives and realized that it was (drum roll please) Â AUGUST 27TH since I posted a wine recommendation. Â A-U-G-U-S-T-2-7-T-H!! Â That’s 4 MONTHS! Â Shameful. Â Just shameful.
It’s not exactly my fault. Â Circumstances have conspired against me. First, there was the unseasonable heat during our September trip to Connecticut. Â Then, while stopped in Philly on our way home, we hit the Belgian Abbey Ale motherload at Eulogy. Â By the time we got home it was nearly October. Â You know what that means, don’t you? Â Octoberfests! Â Our local brewery, Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, hosted it’s second annual MECKTOBERFEST. Â You didn’t hear about it because BG never wrote up his post. But, trust me, it was fun! Â In October, the weather turns chilly, which meant it was time to eat chili. Â Somehow, wine and chili just don’t seem to mesh. Â Of course, I couldn’t drink wine while I baked (and ate)Â ButterBEER Cupcakes or BEER Bread. Â Then, before I knew it, the holidays were upon me, which calls for fancy cocktails.
So, you see, it’s not really my fault. Â 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. Â And I dare to call myself “Wine Girl”…
Tonight, though, we remedy that. Â Boy oh boy, are you going to thank me. Â 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. Â 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.) Â The name “Neprica” is derived from the three grapes included in the blend NEgroamaro, PRImitivo and CAbernet. Â See. Â NE-PRI-CA. Â 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. Â There are berries and spice on the nose. Â On the palate you get those same berries, plus some chocolate, and a wee bit of, dare I say…licorice? Â Generally, I’m not a licorice fan in any way, shape, or form. But this is very slight and not at all over powering. Â 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. Â And I should know…I’ve done the leg work on this one!