2018 Lupo Meraviglia Tre di Tre, Puglia, Italy (750ml)
Stunning packaging for such a moderately priced wine. That alone of course would be insufficient reason for us to bring it into inventory - it is also a delicious mouthful of plump, dark berry/plum fruit, with a bit of that sun-warmed earthiness typical of wines from this southern region of Italy.
This wine is obtained from a blend of Negroamaro, Aglianico and Primitivo, whose carefully selected and treated grapes come from terroirs located in the Salento area that are particularly suited for wine. These grapes are vinified together and pressed to maximum extraction. This process results in a deeper colour, more intense fruity nose scents and a higher concentration of the extracted parts. The wine obtained is then aged for 6 months in Slavonian oak. The nose has scents of red fruit and jam which merge on the palate with sweet and spicy notes of wood. This is a very drinkable wine with great structure and a long persistent finish. Pair with pizza or ribs as this is a good Zinfandel alternative. ~ Peter Granoff, Master Sommelier