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.
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’
Located 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.
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!