The wine gets its name Neprica from the estate grapes blended together to make it – 40% Negroamaro, 30% Primitivo, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Negroamaro is an Italian grape native to Puglia, which is at the heel of the boot. You likely know Primitivo by its more popular name, Zinfandel – though it is often debated whether or not Primitivo is Zinfandel or just a realllllly close relative.
In any case, this is a fantastic wine – especially if you’re looking for a Zin alternative – and a great buy for $10.99.
When I uncorked this wine, it was unremarkable, but after about an hour or so it really opened up. It was deep purple in color with a ruby halo and had aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, and licorice. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste – it had a jamminess I had previously only associated with Zinfandels, but the earthiness I’d come to expect from an Italian wine.
Medium in body, it had a smooth mouth-feel and good acidity making it food friendly. However, I’d honestly recommend enjoying this solo or with dark chocolate and soft cheeses.