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Wine Spectator: "This creamy red takes a modern tack, with mocha and spice accents to the pureed boysenberry fruit. Bright and balanced, with a lightly chewy finish of moderate length. Negroamaro, Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018. 1,400 cases imported." (6/2015)
Vinous: "Bright pink. Aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice and dried flowers. Sweet and rather soft on entry, then nicely stuffed with energetic, perfumed fruit in the middle. (IDA)" (3/2016) K&L Notes: From 100% Negroamaro, which is a late-ripening red varietal (which translates to dark bitter) that produces some exciting and distinct rosé wines from the Puglia region. Tormaresca sourced the hand-harvested grapes from the Maime estate in San Pietro Vernotico. The grapes were softly pressed and fermented at a low, controlled temperature before settling for several mont... Read More »
Salento is a stones throw away from the Adriatic Sea. You get a hint of that salinity in this Primitivo and a lot of sunshine. The dark brooding fruit and milk chocolate will lure you in and coat your mouth with brandied cherries, mulberry jam, ginger and tobacco. An intense wine likes intense food. Pasta with wild boar ragu, pork stew, tripe, fire roasted beef, rich tomato sauce. This wine received award at Gambero Rosso, one of the highest regarded Italian wine festivals in the world.
Grown off the coast of the Adriatic Sea, in Puglia, the "heel" of the boot. This is a sun-kissed red, ripe and aromatic, with notes of brandied cherries, blackcurrant, mulberry jam, tobacco, and a hint of spice. It's big on body and on personality, so match this with something equally bold: bucatini in a wild boar sauce would hit the spot!
Verdeca is a relatively rare white-wine grape variety from southern Italy, now found almost exclusively in the Taranto and Bari provinces of central Puglia. Its wines can range from quite neutral and herbal, through to more aromatic wines with mixed citrus flavors. It is all-too-easily confused with the similarly named Verdea, an equally rare variety from Tuscany.