Recently, I tried a number of red wines from the San Marzano family of wines.
My top three pics from their reds are:
Talo Salice Salentino 2013, with only the slightest hint of smoke on the nose, this wine is filled with brambly dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. It has a luscious round mouth feel and a dry satisfying finish. If you have a chance to let this wine open up before serving, it’s even better. But, as I might have mentioned before, I tend to be impatient, and even without letting it breath, it was still a home run. Retails for just around the $15 mark.
San Marzano’s Talo Primitivo di Manduria 2013, is brighter and lighter, still with notes of licorice or perhaps anise, and wonderful red fruit. I was thoroughly impressed. Primitivo is genetically closely related to Zinfandel. They are both clones of a Croatian grape called Crljenak. The brightness is not a style of wine I usually love, but done well, it’s exquisite. Also, retails for just around $15.
Lastly, the San Marzano Talo Malvesia Nera 2014 is incredibly food friendly. There is a lovely earthiness and vegetal quality to this rich and satisfying wine. It paired wonderfully with lasagna. Again, it sells right around $15.