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2012 Tormaresca Neprica Red Blend 

Puglia, Italy

Retail $9-$14

The Tuscany-based Antinori family has been making wine since the 14th century, and many current native varietals related to ancient cultivars such as negroamaro appear in almost every Puglia wine. A blend of 40 percent negroamaro and 30 percent each cabernet sauvignon and primitivo, this wine features hand-harvested fruit vinified separately in climate-controlled stainless steel tanks. The must was macerated on its skins for eight to 10 days followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was then refined in stainless steel tanks for eight months and four months in the bottle. In the glass, the wine exhibits aromas of bright red berries, licorice and spice. On the palate, taste blackberry, plum, black tea, anise, an herbal character, balanced tannins and good acidity. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with wild game, roasted meats, barbecued ribs, pasta dishes and aged cheese. Buy it at: Costco, Elio's Wine Warehouse, Dorignac's, Whole Foods Market in Metairie, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket and The Fresh Market in Mandeville. Drink it at: Adolfo's Restaurant.

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