Three good Italian reds

italian reds primitivo aglianico

Italy deserves more of my attention. Here are three proper wines with personality and balance, and all attractively priced.

Accademia Dei Racemi Segna Vento Tarantino Primitivo 2010 Italy
13% alcohol. What a bargain! Fresh vivid and bright with sweet berry and cherry fruit, as well as some raspberry notes. I like the fresh, spicy, grippy tannins, too. Rich but nicely savoury. 87/100 (£6.25 The Wine Society)

Alovini Basilicata Rosso 2010 Italy
12.5% alcohol. A blend of Aglianico and Sangiovese. Fresh, vivid cherry and plum fruit nose with a herby, spicy edge. Nice grip. A hint of tarriness, good structure and fresh acidity. Distinctive and food friendly, and great value. 88/100 (£8.40 Tanners)

Miopasso Primitivo 2010 Puglia, Italy
13.5% alcohol. Sweet ripe berry and black cherry fruit. Lovely purity with a subtle meaty, savoury twist. Satisfying stuff with good definition and acidity and lovely sweet fruit. Just a hint of raisin. 87/100 (£8.99 Oxford Wine Co)


1 comment to Three good Italian reds

  • Tim Carlisle

    Bit of a fan of Miopasso Fiano and they also do a tasty Nero d’Avola. Yet to taste the Primitivo – looks like I should..

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