2012 Tormaresca "Masseria Maìme" Negroamaro Salento (Previously $30)

SKU #1268920 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nose is initially subdued but eventually reveals inviting aromas of spiced plum, leather, vanilla and a whiff of blue flower. The structured but elegant palate conveys blackberry, dried cherry, mint, savory herb and clove alongside bracing but fine-grained tannins and bright acidity. The lingering finish ends on a licorice note. Drink 2016–2023. (KO)  (3/2015)

90 points James Suckling

 A soft, fruity red with a plum, milk-chocolate and almond aftertaste. Full and delicious.  (11/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Here's a wine that gives ample room to varietal expression. The 2012 Negroamaro Masseria Maìme delivers a generous supply of dark fruit and dried cherry backed by oak-spice and toast. The wine is thick in consistency and powerful in intensity although the mouthfeel feels relatively light and unencumbered. Give it another year or two to flesh out further. (ML)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

The Antinori Family created the Tormaresca label in 1998. It has two main wineries: Bocca di Lupo in the Castel del Monte and the Masseria Maime (think of it as the Maime Manor) along the Adriatic coast in Salento about 20 kilometers south of Brindisi. When I first tasted the 2012 Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro I was shocked at its elegance. Negroamaro can be a powerfully tannic variety at times; it frequently gets called “rustic.” Negroamaro grown in Salento’s limestone soils can produce wines of elegance if you manage the fermentation properly. The Tormaresca winemaking team fermented the grapes for 18 days using very delicate pump-overs looking for gentle extraction. Then they put the wine into a mix of French and Hungarian oak to age for one year. The nose is full of wild cherry, sage, earth and leather while on the palate you notice it is a structured wine, but elegantly balanced long and spicy. I think this wine is an excellent introduction to the Negroamaro grape. It takes you right to the top! (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

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