Tormaresca Neprica, 2007 and Yo Pauly's Pizza
After Thanksgiving and three days of turkey in all forms, it was time to move on to “Pizza and Wine Night”. We were down in Scottsdale and stopped by our favorite New York Style Pizza Place, Yo Pauly’s. We picked up an 18 inch “Wiseguy’s Choice” with fresh mushrooms, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and sausage. Earlier in the day we bought a bottle of Tormaresca Neprica, 2007 at the Scottsdale Costco. Neprica is a blend of 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (hence the name Ne Pri Ca). This is a wine, from Puglia, Italy and is part of the Antinori family of wines that is imported and distributed by Ste Michelle Wine Estates. This wine has a deep ruby red color with a nose of red fruits and cassis. This is a medium to full bodied wine with a rich mouth feel loaded with black fruit, cola and licorice. This is an un-oaked wine with smooth tannins and just enough acidity to pair well with our pizza. The long, chewy finish was impressive for a wine at this price point. This is a nice alternative to a standard Sangiovese or Nero d’Avola. This wine can be found for about $8-9 and represents another excellent value from Southern Italy.