Produced by the esteemed house of Antinori in the southern Italian region of Puglia, on the "heel" of the Italian boot, Tormaresca Neprica is a juicy blend of Negroamaro, Primitivo, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes are selected exclusively from Antinori's impeccably run Puglian estates, Masseria Maime at San Pietro Vernotico, and Bocca di Lupo at Minervino Murge. The Negroamaro and Primitivo, which are indigenous to Puglia, provide ripe, generous, spicy fruit; the Cabernet Sauvignon, which has Bordeaux origins, provides tannic snap and structure to tie it all together. Offering peppery, red and black raspberry fruit highlighted by light violet notes and hints of tobacco leaf and fresh herbs, the 2010 Neprica is a great match not only with traditional Italian dishes, but also with grilled poultry and beef, as well as with vegetarian dishes featuring porcini mushrooms, wild rice, or raisins.
A voluptuous, exotically perfumed nose, with deliciously well-defined primary aromas (some floral notes, roses, lilies...), complemented by secondary aromas derived from the wineâ€™s controlled fermentation. Silky and sappy on the palate.
The 2010 Broquel Malbec is fermented in 70% concrete and 30% stainless steel and then aged in 70% French oak for 14 months. It has a light but well-defined nose of dark cherry and cassis fruit with a smear of creamy oak. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy, chunky black fruit and a clean, pleasing finish of blackberry and strawberry laced with prudent oak to lend some lift. This is a fine, well-priced Malbec. Drink now-2014.
The 2007 Gattinara bursts from the glass with sweet red cherries, tobacco, incense and grilled herbs. There is an immediacy to the 2007 that is quite appealing. At the same time, the firm Nebbiolo tannins are present and serve to balance the wine's more overt leanings. I very much like the way the 2007 continues to open up in the glass. Overall this looks to be a tasty, early-drinking Gattinara from Travaglini. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
The 2009 Treana Red exhibits rich aromas of red currant, plum and strawberry, with notes of coffee and spice. Concentrated flavors of ripe red cherry and boysenberry mingle with hints of anise seed, cocoa, pepper and earthiness on the mid-palate. Silky tannins and a round, velvety mouthfeel lead to a well-balanced, structured wine with a long, smooth finish.