By way of background : These are two wines from the San Marzano line, both created in Puglia (also known as Apulia) in southern Italy. San Marzano is a cooperative that incorporates some 1,200 separate growers working across over 3,500 acres in the southernmost sub-region of Puglia, Salento. Both of the wines we will sample today are finished six months in French oak, and are representative of traditional grapes from the region - namely, negroamaro and malvasia nera. Both sample wines were provided by the winemakers' representatives, Teuwen Communications.
Original tasting and review: Talo San Marzano Salice Salentino, Puglia, Italy, 2013, finished at 13% alcohol and originally tasted four years from vintage date in April, 2017. This is a blend of 85% negroamaro and 15% malvasia nera.
Inspired by this wine: A lively game of checkers by the parlor fireplace - family gathering round to watch!
In the glass: Deep mahogany, just opaque in the center of the glass.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sturdy, oaked character streaming around robust dark red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this may be bold and perhaps contemplative.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact robust, round, bold fruit with sturdy surround-sound of tannins and touches of oak. Classic, round dark fruit holds in your mouth and cheeks for a lengthy stay. The sip fades into just a touch of acids at the finish.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a good value at its modest price point.
Original tasting and review: Talo San Marzano Malvasia Nera, Puglia, Italy, 2014, finished at 13.5% alcohol and originally tasted three years from vintage date in April, 2017.
Inspired by this wine: Piecing together a fresh, healthy salad lunch.
In the glass: Deep mahogany and magenta. Almost opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, shy but bright red fruit. From the aroma, seems like this may be deep and hidden.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much more vibrant and expressive than expected. Red fruit curls tightly into your cheeks, holding a lively sparky character aloft for a long time. Sip final allows the red fruit acidity to settle, leaving a fresh, clean finish tinged with some light, lingering tannins.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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