As always, I purchased these wines at local wine shops in Portland, OR.
Tormaresca's 2008 "Neprica" (40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer
Short Review: Good wine for under $10
This interesting mix of grapes creates a dark wine that can be drunk with food or on its own. Let it breathe for 45 minutes. The nose has cooked blueberries/blackberries and vanilla ice cream, but it's not sweet. The mouth matches the nose, a little ice cream and dark fruit. Full bodied, with a medium finish, it was nicely juicy and silky. The finish was a little tart at first, but the longer I let the wine breathe the more it went away. This is an everyday wine to have with a nice pasta dish. The tannins will stand up to acidic dishes.
Antica Enotria's 2007 Nero di Troia IGT
Where to Buy: Liner & Elsen
Short Review: Austere! Bourgeois! Awesome!
The Nero di Troia grape is very unique, and I can always expect 100% Nero di Troia wine to have serious structure. Accordingly, this wine should not be drunk on its own, but should be paired with food. I paired mine with a New York Steak over the grill. Surprisingly, this is an Old World style wine coming from a region known for making New World style wines. This wine needs to breathe at least one hour. The nose was cigar box, tobacco, and a little barnyard. It reminded me of a particular bike ride I took through the Pugliese countryside between San Donaci and Brindisi. Kristin and I passed many abandoned masserie (aka fortified farmhouses or mansions), and there were many long-tailed sheep and tractors. The air was crisp... In the mouth, the wine was very dry, silky, and smooth, with leather, choke cherry, and lots of pepper. It had a long finish.