Paolo Petrilli Motta del Lupo 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: OUTSTANDING and a FANTASTIC value!!!

Producer/Winery: Paolo Petrilli; Lucera, Italy.

Grape Variety: Blend – Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Bombino Bianco.

Geographic Appellation: Cacc’e Mmitte di Lucera; Northern Puglia, Italy.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $10.80 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Pork & beef Swedish meatballs in Béchamel sauce with sour cream flavored with dill, Worcestershire sauce and nutmeg.


    He said: Opened 15-minutes before drinking. Clear, purple/violet color with a lighter rim. Musty fruit aromas with hints of clove and spruce sawdust. Smooth entry, and medium/light body; lots of cherry, a touch of raspberry flavor and a spiciness that matches the nutmeg in the Béchamel sauce perfectly. These tastes strengthen as it finishes medium/long, with moderate bright acidity, plentiful tannins and a tiny bit of tartness. This is an INCREDIBLE BARGAIN wine…it’s so easy drinking, filled with delicious flavors and wonderful round-edged tannins that tie it all together. This was a two thumbs up wine for me and a true Quality wine at a Bargain price. A very well made Italian wine that can only be called OUTSTANDING and a FANTASTIC value!!!

    She said: Slightly opaque, purple/garnet color with a light rim; lots of evenly spaced, thin, steadily moving legs. The first sniff had a bit of sharpness, but it quickly evolved into a juicy red cherry flavor accompanied by a medium body and dry smooth mouth-feel. The soft tannins emerge slowly and develop nicely in the long finish. The wine was particularly good with the meatballs and sauce with the acidity cutting nicely through the buttery sauce and complementing the taste of the sour cream. It’s also a great red wine for sipping…we have not had a better one at this price point. I strongly recommend this wine because there are very few wines that deliver such a good value as this one.

    Special Note: Annually we identify one wine as the BEST VALUE WINE from all those we reviewed over the past year. It’s usually an inexpensive wine (around $10 or $15) that drinks like a wine that costs many times that price. These are wines that literally give you the biggest bang for the buck compared to all the wines we review each year…and this years selection — Paolo Petrilli Motta del Lupo 2016 — does that in spades.

Paolo Petrilli
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Alcohol Content: 12.5%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 0 24606 36378 9

Imported by: Piedmont Wine Imports; Durham, North Carolina.