Negroamaro Salento 2012

negroamaro(450 x 600)Italy 13%

As I mentioned in my previous  post,wander around any supermarket these days and you are bombarded with meal deals, they are everywhere usually around £10 mostly including a main course pudding and a bottle of wine. The meals themselves look ok but I’ve been interested in what wines they have been offering to accompany the quick and easy cook foods.

Having recently sampled a meal deal wine without the meal, I know silly, for another £3 or so I could have had the food as well, so what do I do ?, I end up buying another bottle without the accompanying food. The wine in question was a Tesco Finest Negroamaro, one of the reasons for trying these MD wines is the fact that most of the time it’s not a regular wine you find in the wine aisle amongst the others in the Tesco Finest range and is only offered as part of the deal and I assume will  disappear when the offers  change or finish. This one however is, anyway for whatever reason I bought the wine, the question I wanted answering was is it any good?, well the answer in this case was – yes.

Negroamaro is a dark skinned grape grown almost exclusively  in the Puglia region in SE Italy. I decided to open this a couple of hours before eating but couldn’t resist the obligatory sneaky sip just after unscrewing the cap.  Initially it was a little rustic and earthy, smelt of ripe blackcurrants,  vanilla, chocolate, herbs and spice, I actually quite liked it and  ended up drinking a glass before the evening meal.

Around 2 hours later and with the food it changed quite a bit but equally as enjoyable, gone was that earthiness replaced by a mixture of ripe blackcurrants, plums, much smoother and still with a hint of chocolate. This was now much easier to drink as a stand alone but I must say I really liked the initial taste and if I had it again I would eat with a glass freshly poured but that’s just me.

The previous review for the ‘Toro Vinas Del Rey’ meal deal wine was for another Tesco Finest and pretty decent, this Negroamaro was no different. Next time though and for a few pounds more I must see through my wine fixation and buy the food with it, still don’t know why I didn’t.

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Tesco (part of meal deal or £6.99)

Tesco Finest Toro Vinas del Rey 2012

toro1(450 x 600)Spain 13.5%

Supermarket meal deals seem to be everywhere at the moment and I must admit to be a little sceptical about the bottle of wine thrown in with this offer.  The bottle in question is the Tesco Finest Toro Vinas del Rey 2012 from North West Spain, a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha.

As it turned out the scepticism was unfounded as this turned out to be  a fairly decent bottle of wine. Opened this about 2 hours before eating, couldn’t resist having  a sneaky sip just after pulling the cork and instantly thought this is going to be good. Really fruity nose of blackcurrants, cherries with a hint of woody vanilla. Initially taste wise, quite a hefty kick of spicy fruit and some noticeable tannins.

Two hours later, it developed into a smoother drink, still very fruity and still with some spice. The tannins were still there and there was a little heat from the 13.5%. A little rugged, slightly sour but with a hint of vanilla. The proof was this just reminded me of Spain and that’s always a good thing.

If you give it a little time to open up and breathe you have a very typically Spanish and a pretty decent glass of wine. Not sure if Tesco will put this on it’s shelves as a stand alone wine, I think they should.

NB: Kept a little back to see how it faired on day two, what I found was a more fruitier flavour , lost that touch of spice but still fairly tannic and dusty tasting.  My human gauge (my wife, not a big red wine drinker) who didn’t taste it on day one thought it was very nice, that will do for me !

8corks

My Rating 8/10 Corks

Tesco £6.99 (part of meal deal only)