Tasting Notes: Vigne & Vini – 12 E Mezzo – Negroamaro Del Salento IGP

Hello folks! I am back safe and sound. My time in Italy was great. It is one of my favorite destinations. The food was delicious, the wines outstanding and the weather excellent.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t blog that much. Sorry about that. Just before I went on vacation I received a sample of an Apulian red wine. Today I want to share my tasting notes with you. All opinions are my own. For more information about my sample policy visit this page.

Salento

The Salento is the south-eastern part of Italy’s Apulia region. An area blessed with an incredible flora and fauna. It is estimated that the Salento is home to more than 1500 species. Next to tourism, agriculture plays still a key role in the local economy. Especially the wine industry is very important for the whole region. According to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, no region produces more wine than Puglia. The Salento is probably best known for its red wines (Primitivo, Negroamaro). However, it’s worth known that Italy’s very first rosato (pink wine) was produced and bottled in the Salento in 1943 by Leone de Castris. For many decades a huge portion of the grapes from Apulia were either used to make raisins out of them or were shipped to Northern Italy and France. In Northern Italy, especially around Turin, the grapes were used for Vermouth whereas in France they gave body and fruit to poor vintages. Nowadays the wineries produce and bottle wine themselves instead of shipping their grapes elsewhere.

Tasting Notes Vigne & Vini ’12 E Mezzo’

Vigne & Vini - 12 E Mezzo - Negroamaro del Salento IGPLocated in the heart of the Salento, Vigne & Vini produces over 20 wines – two of them are made from organic grapes. The winery’s flagship wine is called Papale Linea Oro (quick tasting notes can be found here).

12 E Mezzo Negroamaro is produced with 100% Negroamaro grapes The wine is part of Vigne & Vini’s Loung Bar line. 12 E Mezzo aged for at least six months in small French oak barrels. 

In the glass, the wine had an intense ruby red color. The label listed alcohol by volume was 12.5%. Hence the name 12 E Mezzo. “E Mezzo” is Italian for “and a half”. The wine’s name refers to its ABV.

On the nose, berries dominate the soft vanilla aromas. Definitely a fruit-forward nose.

In the mouth, 12 E Mezzo was dry and had mellow, pleasing tannins. The wine was medium-bodied. There were notes intense notes of vanilla and again berries. The palate and the nose corresponded well. The finish was rather short.. 12 E Mezzo is classified as Negroamaro del Salento IGP.

3 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

This was a decent very-day type of wine that retails for under 10€. Unfortunately, the bottle label does not make it clear what the wine’s vintage is.. If I had to choose between the Vigne & Vini 12 E Mezzo and the Vigne & Vini Papale Linea Oro (retail price 16€) then I would definitely go for the Papale Linea Oro. If you tasted this wine then please let me know how you like it.

That is all for today. I’m slowly catching up with all the blogs I follow. It looks like I missed quite a lot while I was on vacation!

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17 comments on “Tasting Notes: Vigne & Vini – 12 E Mezzo – Negroamaro Del Salento IGP”

  1. Andy Andy Reply

    I’d like some free wine, too, please 😉 Even if you don’t seem to like the wine a whole lot it’s amazing that they gave it to you at no cost. Did you meet the people behind the winery in person?

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Andy,
      I met one of the guys of Vigne & Vini at a wine fair in Munich a few months ago. Really friendly people I have to say. Next time I go to Puglia I plan to visit their estate as well.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Tinwhitecottage,
      Thank you so much!
      The 12 E Mezzo Negroamaro has a good quality-price ratio so if you find it and decide to try it then please let me know how you like it but.

  2. Sean P. Reply

    Nice review, Julian. Keep them coming! Always enjoy reading them. Short and straight to the point.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Wineking,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Yes I thought so, too. The wine has a good quality-price ratio so if you decide to buy it then share your thoughts on it with me please.

  3. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    I really like the label. Looks so nice! I have trouble finding this wine on the Internet. Do you know any US retailers by any chance?
    And before I forget to say it: Glad to hear that you’re back safe and sound 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      RiojaChianti,
      Thanks for stopping by!
      I did a quick Google search and it I found this retailer here: TuscanyVines. Never bought anything from there so I don’t know how trustworthy they are and so on. Hope this helps.

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  5. foodwine88 Reply

    You seem to be reviewing quite a lot of Apulian wine lately 🙂 I love that region so keep them coming! When comparing this one to the Selvarossa from one of your last pots then I think I’d prefer the Selvarossa though.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      Thank you for your comment. Well it’s really just a coincidence that I’ve posted two Apulian wine reviews lately. Glad that you like them though 🙂
      Personally I prefer the Selvarossa Riserva over the 12 E Mezzo Negroamaro, too but we should remember that they are produced from two completely different grapes so they are not that comparable.

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