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Masseria Maime Negroamaro IGT Salento Tormaresca 2006

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Antinori established Tormaresca in the Puglia region of southern Italy in 1998 and from the estate's two vineyards, Bocca di Lupo and Masseria Maime, they've been producing outstanding wines for more than a decade. The Masseria Maìme estate, located in Puglia, is an example of both innovation and tradition: old growth systems typical in Puglia, such as the alberello (vines trained to grow to resemble a small bush) and new vineyards grown in trellised rows. The mild climate, due to the vineyards’ proximity to the coast, and the poor, rocky soil are ideal for the native Nergoamaro grapes. Grapes were harvested slightly overripe to achieve the optimal level of phenolic maturity. The maceration lasted 15-18 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine was drained directly into French and Hungarian oak barriques where it was aged for 12 months. Extended bottle age has added to the complexity and the velvety softness of this wine. Wine & Spirits Magazine scored it 92 points saying "Like the last sip of espresso before a Neapolitan shoot out, this wine is all umami complexity: Tar, black pepper and fig combine in rich, mature flavors of dried red fruit that leave your mouth feeling cool and refreshed. Pour it with grilled pork." and the Wine Advocate scored it 90 saying "The 2006 Negroamaro Maime is more powerful and burly than the 2007. Cured meats, smoke, licorice, earthiness and wild cherries are some of the notes that emerge from this distinctive red. Elements of rusticity run through the wine. The bold, extroverted personality may not be for everyone, but there is no shortage of personality and sheer character here. Firm tannins build on the virile finish."

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Tormaresca:
Viticulture in Puglia is history and at the same time innovation. Cultivation of wines started thousands of years ago, at the time of "Magna Grecia", to which the Greek origins of many names of Apulian grape varieties attests. Tradition continues through the presence of native varieties such as Negroamaro, Aglianico and Primitivo, both true expressions of a strong and extra-ordinar... Read more
Viticulture in Puglia is history and at the same time innovation. Cultivation of wines started thousands of years ago, at the time of "Magna Grecia", to which the Greek origins of many names of Apulian grape varieties attests. Tradition continues through the presence of native varieties such as Negroamaro, Aglianico and Primitivo, both true expressions of a strong and extra-ordinary vital territory. The production of high quality wines is related to recent steps towards innovation and creativity: substantial changes have been obtained through the use of modern viticulture techniques and the introduction of non native grape varieties (i.e. Chardonnay and Cabernet) that express themselves in this "terroir" in a completely unique way. Tormaresca is the expression of the above two souls. Character, personality and top quality are the characteristics that Puglia transmits to the native grape varieties. For this reason the Antinori family gave birth to Tormaresca in 1998 when they started investing in Puglia, considering it one of the most promising regions in Italy for the production of high quality wines with a strong territorial identity. Read less

External Reviews for Masseria Maime Negroamaro IGT Salento Tormaresca

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/16/2016

Antinori established Tormaresca in the Puglia region of southern Italy in 1998 and from the estate's two vineyards, Bocca di Lupo and Masseria Maime, they've been producing outstanding wines for more than a decade. The Masseria Maìme estate, located in Puglia, is an example of both innovation and tradition: old growth systems typical in Puglia, such as the alberello (vines trained to grow to resemble a small bush) and new vineyards grown in trellised rows. The mild climate, due to the vineyards’ proximity to the coast, and the poor, rocky soil are ideal for the native Nergoamaro grapes. Grapes were harvested slightly overripe to achieve the optimal level of phenolic maturity. The maceration lasted 15-18 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine was drained directly into French and Hungarian oak barriques where it was aged for 12 months. Extended bottle age has added to the complexity and the velvety softness of this wine. Wine & Spirits Magazine scored it 92 points saying "Like the last sip of espresso before a Neapolitan shoot out, this wine is all umami complexity: Tar, black pepper and fig combine in rich, mature flavors of dried red fruit that leave your mouth feeling cool and refreshed. Pour it with grilled pork." and the Wine Advocate scored it 90 saying "The 2006 Negroamaro Maime is more powerful and burly than the 2007. Cured meats, smoke, licorice, earthiness and wild cherries are some of the notes that emerge from this distinctive red. Elements of rusticity run through the wine. The bold, extroverted personality may not be for everyone, but there is no shortage of personality and sheer character here. Firm tannins build on the virile finish."



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