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2014 Tormaresca "Neprica" Super Puglia

SKU #1330198 Wine Spectator

 A lively, light- to medium-bodied red, with light, crisp tannins and flavors of strawberry, orange zest and spice. Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. (AN)  (4/2017)

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The Antinori family is one of Italy's most important winemakers and they have properties all over Italy. Tormaresca is their winery in Puglia that consists of several different estate parcels. The Neprica is a mixture of two of those estates, a blend of NE-> Negroamaro, PRI-> Primitivo (Zinfandel) and CA-> Cabernet Sauvignon that sees mostly stainless steel but a small part of the batch is put into barrique for a short period. Ready to drink and a moderate 13.0% alcohol.

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2018 | Send Email
This is a medium-bodied blend that has some solid substance but doesn't lean as much on the heavier side as one might think. Consuming an entire bottle solo is not something I strive for but on two separate occasions this went down so smoothly,the bottle was empty before I knew it. Miraculously I felt rested and refreshed the next day. Both times.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2018 | Send Email
Amazing palate full of juicy sun-baked red fruit with hints of spice and sweet leather. Perfect for an evening of family-style pasta or pizza.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2018 | Send Email
A "super" Salice Salento? This is one of the best bangs for the buck in the store. An every night red with good fruit, a little spice and intrigue and enough tannin to stand up to almost anything, yet doesn't need anything to be enjoyed.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/5/2018 | Send Email
I find most intriguing when french grapes grown in Italy acquire that "Non so che cosa"that makes it uniquely Italian. The Neprica has just that with its Cabernet Sauvignon. Very nice and approachable wine that is ready to go on any party, dinner, picnic and anywhere else you might want to take it along.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/12/2018 | Send Email
This is an amazing little everyday Italian red to keep a few bottles of around the house. Dark fruits, a little spice and balanced structure to make this a great food wine, but it works just as well on its own. Superb value!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
When you get into the various micro-niches of wine styles and situations, beyond the great twenty dollar bottle of red or the best pairing for a burger, I have to believe there is a such a thing as the perfect inexpensive bottle of Italian red wine to drink both while you’re cooking and while you’re eating a simple pasta on the average weeknight. Not only do I believe that’s a thing, I think it’s a style of wine that must be in pretty high demand given the fact that everyone loves pasta and there’s nothing better than standing there in your kitchen after a long day at work, popping that bottle open, and pouring yourself that first glass while you wait for the water to boil. There are a number of great inexpensive red wines from all over the world that pair well with pasta, but for me it always feels better to keep things in the family. I like French reds with French bistro food. I like California Zinfandel with my burgers. I like an ice cold bottle of Modelo with my tacos. There's something right about the slightly-tannic, robust, and spiciness of a classic Italian red coupled with the smell of a simmering sauce. The Neprica is from Puglia, the heel in Italy's boot and an expanse of old farmlands that date back centuries. Negroamaro, the principle varietal in the Tomaresca blend, is the region's most important grape, one that adds weight and structure to the wine in this case. The blend is balanced by a healthy dose of Primitivo (think Zinfandel from Italy) and Cabernet Sauvignon that add fruit and additional richness to that tannic frame. At $10 a bottle, this wine covers all the bases for what I'm looking for on a Tuesday night.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2018 | Send Email
Thrice loved the 2013 vintage of this super-priced, effortlessly enjoyable blend from Tormaresca, and the 2014 is perhaps even a notch above, with more body and structure behind the well of pure fruit and spice. A wonderful wine to open and pair with virtually any Mediterranean or Adriatic-inspired dishes. Drink long and deeply!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2018 | Send Email
Truly one of my favorite Italian red values! This wine is full-bodied, with ripe but not sweet fruit and excellent structure. It's composed of Primitivo, Negroamaro, and Cabernet--think Super-Tuscan, but with a southern Italian twist! Easy to pair with a variety of foods, and not too high in alcohol, this is a great wine for almost any occasion.

Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
Neprica has consistently been a go to bargain red for staff and customers alike. The 2014 is no exception. A medium bodied red with lush fruit and bold character is easy, open and inviting; a great wine to drink on its own or great to pair with a flavorful meal. The Negroamaro keeps it rustic, traditional and earthy while the Primitivo (Zinfandel) brings rich, fresh red cherries and ripe berries to the table. A bit of Cabernet Sauvignon brings a touch of structure and lots of acidity. The three blended together create a full fruit, balanced and juicy red to enjoy any day of the week.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
What a great deal on this unconventional combo of varieties. This is a fantastic wine for both food pairing and even drinking on its own. It carries some acid, which will highlight any food its paired with, but not so much it becomes too harsh to cease being a cocktail wine. Great fruit and just a hint of structure, without being overly tannic or tight. More interesting than most wines of this price point, the concentration is ideal here and a top value for an everyday dinner red.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Cliff Spinola | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
The depth and complexity of this wine is off the charts for the price point. With good, dark fruit and a medium-long finish, this is a wine that I keep a case of at home for every day drinking!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/9/2017 | Send Email
I just opened this for our staff tasting recently and this little "Puglia blend" stopped the show, with lots of oohs and ahhs from my coworkers. This wine has lots of bang for the buck. This wine is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, medium-bodied with dark fruit, good acidity and a really long finish. Two THUMBS up !!! Guido

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2017 | Send Email
It is hard to believe that a wine at this price point can carry the quality level it does, but the Antinori family has centuries of experience to back them. This wine is a blend of NE (Negroamaro) PRI (Primitivo) and CA (Cabernet), hence the Neprica name. Negroamaro is Puglia's most important grape and provides the size and frame and structure of the wine, the Primitivo gives it a rich dose of fruit and the Cabernet adds backbone and complexity, all told for the price this wine can't be beat! The 2014 vinatge has a little more freshness than previous vintages, tasty!
Drink from 2017 to 2019

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Alcohol Content (%): 13