2012 Tormaresca "Masseria Maìme" Negroamaro Salento (Previously $30) SKU #1268920

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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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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    8/22/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Puglia used to be one of Italy’s least known regions, but its hundreds of miles of coastline, turquoise-blue waters, sun-bleached beaches, balmy weather, burgeoning wine culture and low prices all added up to a 2013 Wine Enthusiast magazine award as a Wine Travel Destination. Wine-wise Puglia is rather mysterious, with indigenous varieties adding an extra layer of complexity. Primitivo/ Zinfandel has some obvious recognition, but to most folks, Bombino Nero, Fiano Minutolo, Susamaniello, Uva di Troia, Malvasia Nera and another 20 or so Puglian grapes are just vowel fests. This month we’re going to see one of those more obscure varietals: Negroamaro. 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
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