Both of these popular reds have recently changed vintage so here’s the scoop on ‘will you still love them’. Fans of soft, smooth and yummy will love the 12 Primitivo. There’s a slight sweetness making it feel more American than Italian.
La Casona has gone in the opposite direction and feels quite tangy dry, and rustic. Lots of vitality and very pure flavours – shades of Valpolicella. Very refreshing and a great buy for fans of light reds, especially if chilled.
P.S. Another Spanish value red, Castillo de Monseran, feels tired and dull in the 2012 vintage.
LUCCARELLI 12 Primitivo, Puglia, Italy 253856 $10.45
FAMILIA CASTANO 12 ‘La Casona’, Yecla, Spain 143743 $9.95