A Californian in Italian Threads

NV Piccino Italy Red "Memoro" $10 (sample) 
Nothing Italian about this full bodied, dusty-tannin, $9.99 red. Though very extracted, it falls on the right (dry) side of fruity. All in it's a warming, round, glass full of flavor that, for $10, beats the crap out of many similarly priced reds from pretty much anywhere.  Fans of Cameron Hughes Lot 168 Cabernet will rejoice in the familiarity of texture and long, languid aftertaste. Italopuritans, on the other hand, will lament the obvious handling and absence of tart acids.  Nonvintage and sourced from all over Italy.