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Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento Artas 2008

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

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.

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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
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: Premier Wine & Spirits
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.



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