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Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo Salento IGT 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Milky oak on the nose with nice herb and spicy tones lurking in the background though this smells a bit acidic and hard. On entry this is dry, clean and rather tight yet with nicely balanced notes of vanilla and hard blackberry fruit. The wood comes off as a bit raw with drying tannins but the finish is spicy and complex with notes that recall cherry Dr. Pepper. 88pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo Salento IGT

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,002
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/11/2010

Milky oak on the nose with nice herb and spicy tones lurking in the background though this smells a bit acidic and hard. On entry this is dry, clean and rather tight yet with nicely balanced notes of vanilla and hard blackberry fruit. The wood comes off as a bit raw with drying tannins but the finish is spicy and complex with notes that recall cherry Dr. Pepper. 88pts


Member Reviews for Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo Salento IGT

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Snooth User: zeptogator
333661280
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: karhuniska
845378
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/02/2013

Good


Snooth User: snus
76169586
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/27/2011

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: bovs00
32930151
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/17/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: MariaElenaAnaya
2402204
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 08/23/2009

I will not pretend to know what I am talking about by mentioning "notes" and "aromas", but the very first time I tasted this wonderful wine there was just one bottle to share between several people. It was so exceptional that I could not get it out of my mind. I had to have some more. I went from store to store looking for it in my area but was unable to locate it. Finally I special ordered a case which I thought I might regret as I might get tired of it. But I did not. In fact I ordered another case. Everyone I have shared this wine with has loved it! Just try one bottle, but beware--you may get hooked!


Snooth User: cbarbata
142165147
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/25/2009

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo Salento IGT

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
09/26/2013

Castello Monacis 2011 Primitivo Piluna emerges from the glass with blackberries, tar, licorice and spices. It also reveals a bit more varietal delineation than the Negroamaru Maru. At $12.00 a bottle, it also happens to be a terrific value. The 2011 Piluna has broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, the wine has a robust, concentrated character, a firm structure, and small black fruit and licorice notes on the aftertaste. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/04/2014

The 2011 Piluna has broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, the wine has a robust, concentrated character, a firm structure, and small black fruit and licorice notes on the aftertaste. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 09/26/2013

A fresh, medium-bodied red, with jammy plum and berry compote notes picking up a pleasant herbaceous edge on the minerally finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported. -NW The 2010 Piluna has broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, the wine has a robust, concentrated character, a firm structure, and small black fruit and licorice notes on the aftertaste. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 07/30/2013

A fresh, medium-bodied red, with jammy plum and berry compote notes picking up a pleasant herbaceous edge on the minerally finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 07/30/2013

This bold effort opens with notes of jammy blackberry and prune. It is soft and slightly sweet, with flavors of of plush fruit and cinnamon.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2013

A fresh, medium-bodied red, with jammy plum and berry compote notes picking up a pleasant herbaceous edge on the minerally finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported. -NW The 2010 Piluna has broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, the wine has a robust, concentrated character, a firm structure, and small black fruit and licorice notes on the aftertaste. - Winery


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 09/27/2011

The 2008 Primitivo Piluna comes across as a bit light in the vintage. The style is somewhat fleeting, although the plums, tobacco and perfumed spices are quite attractive. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.


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