Feudi di Guagnano
The Rizzo family have been growing vines in Puglia for more than 80 years, carrying on a tradition of the local contadini. Theirs is a timeless story of exertion and self-sacrifice. One in which grapes were simply a part of the everyday struggle for existence in this poor strip of Italy. In 2002, the grandsons, Gianvitto, Carlo and Franco Rizzo, made the investments necessary to bottle the wines they had been selling to the locals for generations. As Feudi di Guagnano, the Rizzos hand harvest, press, ferment and sell the local Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes as well as Verdeca and Malvasia Nera. The vines now are all over 30 years in age
Feudi di Guagnano in The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/2iF4niT
Feudi di Guagnano Terramare Negroamaro 2014
100% Negroamaro, a dark-skinned grape variety that has been associated with the Puglia region in southern Italy for at least 1500 years. The grapes are hand-harvested within the first 10 days of September. After crushing and de-stemming the grapes, the must macerates for about 7 days at 26- 28°C. The wine then ages for 6 months in new and used barriques. The resulting wine is only 12.5% alcohol and features aromas of dark berries and spice and avoids the often overripe or stewed aromas and flavors typically associated with hot climate grapes. The palate is full and rich. A great value that offers remarkable complexity.