We had a meeting of our wine group last night, tasting wines from Southern Italy and Sicily.
One white and seven reds, mostly Primitive, Negroamaro and Nero d’Avola.
The white (Pipoli Greco-Fiano from Basilicata) was light, grassy and very pleasant - for me a garden-drinking wine for the summer.
Tasting the reds was interesting. While I’ve drunk wines like this before, it was the first time that I’ve tasted this many side-by-side. They were enjoyable, but ultimately I wasn’t left wanting to go out and buy any of them, or really feel that I want to make an in-depth exploration. Normally I come out of a tasting marvelling at how diverse seemingly related wines can taste, but here I came out thinking that they were all a bit same-y, especially on the nose, which was plum and elderberry across the board. There was more variation on the palate, especially with the appassimento wines having the expected hit of sweet fruit, but I really would have liked some more juicy acidity, and they were all lacking in tannin and savoury interest for me. I should add that others at the tasting felt differently (as always, and wouldn’t it be boring if we didn’t?).
Pretty much any of them would have made a very pleasant accompaniment to a rustic meal, and value was generally good; none of them knocked my socks off. But that’s why we taste wines - to learn.