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Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento Artas 2011

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The 2008 Primitivo Salento Artas is impressive for its power and concentration. Unfortunately the French oak covers most of the varietal personality here, which is a shame as the underlying material here was quite strong. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.

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Region: Italy » Puglia » Salento
Winery: Castello Monaci
Color: Red
Varietal: Primitivo
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Castello Monaci:
The choice of grape varieties is a combination of local viticultural tradition–indigenous Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera–with scientific vineyard management through a careful selection of clones and root stocks. The tufa (‘rocks’) of local soils contribute structure to the wine, aid in drainage for the vines, and reflect the light, helping the sun’s work for the vines. Dug out of subte... Read more
The choice of grape varieties is a combination of local viticultural tradition–indigenous Negroamaro, Primitivo and Malvasia Nera–with scientific vineyard management through a careful selection of clones and root stocks. The tufa (‘rocks’) of local soils contribute structure to the wine, aid in drainage for the vines, and reflect the light, helping the sun’s work for the vines. Dug out of subterranean rock, the geometric-shaped cellar houses 1,000 barriques and modern temperature-controlled systems that allow small parcels of grapes to be vinified separately. Read less

External Reviews for Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento Artas

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 10/31/2014

The 2008 Primitivo Salento Artas is impressive for its power and concentration. Unfortunately the French oak covers most of the varietal personality here, which is a shame as the underlying material here was quite strong. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2018.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 10/31/2014

Artas shows a ripe and pulpy quality, with bold aromas of blackberry, plum, savory spice and cured meat. The high alcohol is palpable, and the wine shows a strong, southern Italian personality that should pair well with aged cheese or grilled lamb sausage.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 11/03/2014

The 2004 Primitivo Artas (85% Primitivo, 15% Negroamaro) is a voluptuous, richly-textured wine. Gorgeous notes of dark fruit, tobacco, leather, tobacco, plums and figs flow from the glass with notable depth and palate presence. This is a superb wine to drink now and over the next decade or so. It is a terrific effort from Castello Monaci. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2008–2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2004 11/03/2014

Oak renderings of spice and toast dominate this hearty Primitivo at first but eventually give way to molasses, plum cake and candied fruit. The wine is big and sticky with sour almond flavors and would pair with meat stew or aged cheese.



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