Tag Archives: Puglia

Weekly Wine – Luccarelli

11 Jan

luccnapLuccarelli Negroamaro Puglia IGT
2015
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

Towards the end of my second glass of this wine I feel it settling in.
It is a full bodied red wine with an aftertaste that lingers for a while… This aftertaste teases you initially. Am I going to go bad or am I going to be interesting.
The aftertaste fades and leaves a heavy fruity flavour on the palate. You get plums and cherries and some more. It is a dense flavour that is not bad but will not wow you.
It is a nice plain inexpensive wine that is not very pretentious if you discount the two gold medals on the label. I initially thought that it was one gold medal and both sides depicted on the label. I did not think that this wine was a double gold medallist. On closer inspection they are apparently from two separate competitions.
It seems I`m not the only one who likes this wine.

Weekly Wine – Mezzamondo

27 Apr

MezzNRpMezzomondo Negroamaro Puglia IGT
2014
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

I could have sworn I had reviewed this wine. But I haven’t.
I friend had given this to me while we were sitting up at their cottage in Northern Ontario.
It was a very nice evening and what I remember of the wine was that it was unremarkable and OK. The other wines we drank – one over 10 and one under, evoked a storm of controversy over colour, smell, taste and all the other wine snob things.
This one was had quickly and succinctly without nary a comment.
This could be a good thing or a bad thing…
Featureless wines are not exactly a desirable concoction. Why would one consume something that has no character.
Then again – bad characteristics, even the slightest one, can forever mark a wine as undrinkable.
This wine is OK – from what I can tell – neither bad no good.

Weekly Wine – Luccarelli

17 Jun

Luccarelli Negroamaro Puglia IGT
2012
Italy
750ml
13% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO) 

The first thing that hits me when I take a shot of this wine is a grape flavour.
Well what should I expect – wine is made from grapes. I should assume this wine is made from grapes as well. But the grape flavour is not a wine grape flavour – it is a grape juice kind of flavour. By no means does this wine taste like grape juice, but where in other wines there are subtle background flavours of berries, apricots, tobacco, and whatnot – here we have a subtle hint of fruity grape juice.
As I delve deeper into the bottle this initial fruitiness is eliminated by the acidity and the dryness of the wine. It is an interesting wine this one. I wonder if the complexity of the wine might have changed because it started to react to air. This is a rather old wine – 2012 is not too old in wine terms but it is rather moving up in the years for wines in this price point which are usually no more than two years old.
This is a nice wine that is nearing its best before date. I would like to try some more wine from this producer.