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30th October 2011

Piccini Memoro NV, Italy
With 52 Wines of the Week to play with each year it is nice to bring something different. This wine is certainly that: from Tuscan producer Piccini, this non-vintage wine is a blend of Italian grapes and regions from across the country. The wine consists of 40% Primitivo (some of which is passito) from Puglia, 30% oak aged Montepulciano from Abruzzo, 20% Nero d'Avola from the island of Sicily and 10% Merlot from the Veneto in the north. Unusual on the nose too, it is a dead ringer for a Port with aromas of cherries and chocolate, woodsmoke and flowers, and a beguiling creaminess. On the palate the unsual Port-like impression continues powerfully, with a slippery, silky texture, quite a lot of sweetness and abundant fruit. It is not fortified like Port, but the flavour and aromatic profile is so reminiscent. There is good acidity and a bit of tannin too, but this really needs some food to stand up to the onslaught of flavour and body. More details of this highly unusual wine and food matching suggestions in the video. £9.49, Tesco.

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