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Trying less-familiar grape varietals can lead to big rewards.

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Many different wine grape varietals are actively cultivated and made into wine around the globe, yet only a handful of them are widely recognized by consumers. An unfortunate tendency among many wine drinkers is to avoid the unknown and stick to familiar varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot and, for kosher consumers, ever-popular Moscato. Sure, some have ventured into Malbec, Shiraz, Petite Sirah, or maybe even the occasional Riesling. Most, however, seem to prefer the comfort of convention, rarely trying anything different.

While this habit is perfectly understandable, we like to urge folks to expand their choices and reach beyond their comfort zones. Consider, for example, the kosher Borgo Reale Maturo 2010 ($25), made from 55% Primitivo and 45% Negroamaro grapes. These are the principal winemaking grapes in the southern Italian region of Puglia. Negroamaro typically produces wines that are lighter in style and ready-to-drink, while Primitivos are usually more tannic and fuller-bodied, with a higher alcohol content that allows them to cellar well. When blended together to achieve balance, these varietals can produce wine greater than the mere sum of its parts. The Borgo Reale Maturo 2010 expresses a floral and jammy plum bouquet followed by a complex interplay of ripe pomegranate, raspberry, fig and cherry flavors accented with clove, earth, vanilla and cedar lasting throughout the finish.

Borgo Reale Maturo 2010 is available at J Wines.

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05/06/2014 - 21:09

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