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Piccini Memoro Rosso NV

An unusual Italian blend of Primitivo, Montepulciano, Nero d'Avola & Merlot, that works surprisingly well to create a food friendly wine with real depth of character.

An unusual Italian blend of Primitivo, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola & Merlot, that works surprisingly well to create a food friendly wine with real depth of character.

The idea behind Piccini’s ‘Memoro’ was to blend classic regional grapes from the 4 corners of Italy; the result is unusual to say the least, but works remarkably well, creating a darker earthier wine than I’d expect from Italy. 40% Primitivo (air dried appassimento style) from Puglia; 30% Montepulciano (aged 12 months in Oak) from Abruzzo; 20% Nero d’Avola from Sicily; 10% Merlot from Veneto… creating a deep ruby purple black coloured wine with dark, tight knit earthy blackberry & Morello cherry fruit with vanilla, tobacco leaf and dried prunes/dates developing as it breaths in the glass. Concentrated inky black fruits and dark chocolate fill the palate, dense but balanced by the acidity and leading to a complex vanilla, tobacco leaf & leather finish peppered with that dried fruit character throughout. A lovely complex Italian red for under £10 a bottle but a bargain on offer for £6.49 from Tesco’s… so wait for the deal.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Steer clear of the Memoro Bianco! (white blend)… everything that works so well in the red blend fails spectacularly in the white one leaving it a complete washout. Stick to the red blend!

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