Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Artas 2004

External Review by We Speak Wine:

"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." "And now Artas has finally made it. At its fourth appearance in the finals, it finally emerged with Three Glasses. The estate is part of the Gruppo Italiano Vini stable and has 150 hectares under vine with quality improvements regularly apparent. The '04 Artas is the best ever. The wine comes from Primitivo with 15 percent Negroamaro, and reflects a perfect balance of tradition and innovation. There are aromas of tobacco, black berry fruits, vanilla and antique wood. The elegant, soft palate is rich and full, and has flavours of liqueur cherries and chocolate, good backbone and a well-defined finish that makes for suppleness and attractive drinking." - Tre Bicchieri Award ** Only 2 in Stock **

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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
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External Reviews for Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Artas

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

"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." "And now Artas has finally made it. At its fourth appearance in the finals, it finally emerged with Three Glasses. The estate is part of the Gruppo Italiano Vini stable and has 150 hectares under vine with quality improvements regularly apparent. The '04 Artas is the best ever. The wine comes from Primitivo with 15 percent Negroamaro, and reflects a perfect balance of tradition and innovation. There are aromas of tobacco, black berry fruits, vanilla and antique wood. The elegant, soft palate is rich and full, and has flavours of liqueur cherries and chocolate, good backbone and a well-defined finish that makes for suppleness and attractive drinking." - Tre Bicchieri Award ** Only 2 in Stock **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
11/25/2009

RP: 92 Points Tre Bicchieri Award


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

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: 2008andndash;2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

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.




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