Castello Monaci

+39 0831 665700 Contrada Monaci - Via Case Sparse
73015 Salice Salentino - LE,
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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. – Description from mriskic

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Negroamaro

    History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter de...

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Malvasia

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • Fiano

    Fiano hails from Campania, where much of Italy’s viticultural heritage remains preserved. The Romans used this grape ...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Piluna 2006

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    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 c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  •  Joel Gott, 2008, California, 14.4% Alc. Clean with a nice oaky streak ... of stickiness. 88pts Castello Monaci Piluna Primitivo 2006Milky 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 ... Read More

    From the article February 2010 Zinfandel Tasting


  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Artas 2006

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    Very disappointed. It tasted strongly of rubber with caramel to me. I tried it after a couple of days, thinking it maybe needed to breathe. No luck. Maybe I got a bad bottle? Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Piluna 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by bovs00


  • Castello Monaci Negroamaro Salento IGT Maru 2007

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    Maybe not as amazing as the Masseria, but I still like it a lot. would be a great, not too overpowering food wine for a less powerful dish. nice dark plums and balanced acidity. Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Hello people,I am a veteran of the Les Amis Du Vin, Boston chapter, a former Package store manager and an overall enthusiastic Zinfandel oenophile. L'Chaim,Kevin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wonderful Wino!


  • Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino DOC 2006

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    Classic Salice gaining sweet fruit and wild berry tones from the addition of the Malvasia (20%). The wine retains classic tarry notes on the nose that compliment the boysenberry and dried plum fruit tones but in the palate this is dark and spicy with notes of barrel ageing accenting the dried cherry and chocolate tones. A modernish take on Salic... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Piluna 2006

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    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 w... Read More

    Wine review by MariaElenaAnaya


  • Castello Monaci Primitivo Salento IGT Piluna 2006

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    Wine review by cbarbata


  • Negroamaro Salento Maru Castello Monaci 2006

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    perfect example of the subtle and addictively pleasing bitterness found in some Italian reds. Gorgeous balance. One of my all time favorite wines under $15 -- pairs well with everything from pizza to pork to steak. Read More

    Wine review by beahburger


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