tormarescaA project of the renowned Antinori family, this wine hails from Puglia in Southern Italy and so features the Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes with Cabernet Sauvignon added to provide structure. (Hence the acronym Neprica)

The nose of red and black fruit, coffee and dusty earth is simple and restrained but inviting. On the palate it’s juicy up front but finishes dry and structured with chewy tannins, energetic acidity, and good length on the medium frame. Aged for 8 months in stainless steel with a small percentage in neutral oak. Good for the price.

Bold, sinewy, and rustic you’ll want to pair with sausage, peppers, and onions and some blues full of sass and scars like Janiva Magness’ Bad Blood.

Score: 86

Price: $9

Alc: 13.5%