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Castello Monaci Pilùna Primitivo 2010

I have enjoyed Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino quite a few times, it’s a fantastic, easy drinking, budget friendly bottle that pairs well with just about any meal; so I was thrilled to see that my local wine shop now has Castello Monaci Pilùna Primitivo 2010 on the shelf. The Castello Monaci estate is located in Puglia’s Salento region, and is housed in a 16th century castle with medieval foundations. The land was once managed by Basiliani monks who had a long history of winemaking. The estate focuses on producing wines that showcase the unique character of southern Italy’s indigenous grapes Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. The grapes from each vineyard are handpicked at dawn and vinified separately in small tanks. For the Pilùna Primitivo, part of the grapes were aged in French barrels, the remainder in steel in order to achieve a balance of ripe fruitiness and earthy depth.

Transparent, brilliant red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of fruity cherry and raspberry with wisps of smooth vanilla rose from my glass. Soft round berry flavours were supported by zippy tart cherry and toasty vanilla elements in the medium body. Spicy black pepper and toasty oak notes were cushioned by silky caramel and traces of baked plum in the lengthy finish. Soft, smooth and easy drinking, with a friendly balance of fruit and earthy spice, this is a wonderful glass on its own or at the table.

100% Primitivo [Zinfandel]
Bottled in the Castello Monaci Cellars
13.5% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2015


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