Is there a better bargain out there in the high street than this Italian stallion of a wine ? especially when on discount, currently £6.50 at Tesco and if you add in the regular 25% off 6 bottles promotion this is astonishing value.
The bottle in question is the CA’ Marrone Rosso from Puglia region of southern Italy made in the Appassimento method which is the Italian term for drying harvested grapes, traditionally on bamboo racks or straw mats, for a few weeks up to several months to concentrate the sugars and flavours.
So what’s it like ? Firstly, this is a great looking if slightly heavy bottle. When poured this is a medium ruby colour with strong aromas of dark fruits predominantly cherry, plum and blackcurrant, there is also a whiff of dried herbs and some vanilla.
On first sip you can tell this is a powerhouse, initially intense sweet and sour dark fruits hit you before the pronounced tannins kick in. Secondary flavours of tobacco, leather and dried herbs arrive filling your mouth with a richness and depth of flavour you get with the Appassimento method.
This is a proper grown up wine and not for the fainthearted but watch out for the 14.5% abv, although it doesn’t feel like it at first but be warned it does creep up on you and be sure to hang on to something or someone before attempting to stand after a glass or two.
As you may have gathered, I liked this a lot, ok, maybe not for everyone but if you find it for £6.50 it’s worth a go, top stuff !
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks
Tesco £9 (look out for offers £6.50 atm)
Looking like a bottle found under a park bench this unusually packaged wine is certainly quirky and definitely stands out on the supermarket shelf but is it any good?
As some of my regular readers may know I belong to a small wine circle called Cuvée Reserve where once a month one of our members select a wine of the month which is easily accessible and under £10 for us all to review. This particular bottle is our March selection and is currently priced at £5.50 from Asda.
Farmers of wine is from the Puglia Region of Italy, a blend of Negroamaro, Zinfandel, locally known as Primitivo, Merlot and Nero d’Avola.
Ok, going back to my first question, is it any good?, for me for the price it’s a resounding yes!
This comes with a cork and has a very intense dark garnet like colour when poured. The nose is fairly muted although there is a hint of ripe dark plums and cherries. The first mouthful has those plums and cherries bursting with juiciness followed by a little dark chocolate. Slightly on the jammy side but not over the top, subtle tannins and a hit of pepper comes through on the finish. Left in the glass for a while everything softens ending up with a very drinkable Italian for not a lot of money.
I was a little bit sceptical when I saw the gimmicky bottle but rest assured there is nothing gimmicky about the wine, this is a very quaffable mid week drink with Pizza 🍕 or pasta 🍝 I enjoyed it and would probably buy again.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced Primitivo (Aka Zinfandel) and you enjoy the big hitting Zins from California look no further than this beauty from the very heel of boot in South east Italy’s Puglia region.
When I picked this up I was amazed at how heavy this bottle was and it just said quality to me and as you will read I wasn’t wrong. An impressive inky purple colour in the glass, with pronounced aromas of blackcurrants, ripe plums, sweet fruitcake, raisins and earthy spices.
After the first mouthful you begin to realise how impressive this wine is, sweet dark fruits, blackcurrants again this time with cherries. There was an earthiness about it and a fairly big hit of oak (6 months in French oak barriques), liquorice is also noticeable along with sweet candied fruit and a shot of expresso coffee.
For the price this is a fabulous Italian Stallion of a wine and although there was lots going on it still tasted smooth and easy to drink despite its hefty 14.5% which I didn’t really notice. I got this on offer for around £7.99 (great value) but I would be quite happy to pay the full price of £10.99
My Rating 8.5/10 Corks
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.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks
Tesco (part of meal deal or £6.99)