- Item #: i_305967Bottle Size: 750ml"One of the truly historic names in Puglian wine." – Vinous Media
"Consumer alert - these are dazzling bargains!" – Robert M. Parker, Jr.
In Puglia, well-known as one of Italy's largest bulk wine growing regions, Cosimo Taurino stands out as a rare beacon of estate-bottled quality. The estate's long-established respect for their terroir and native varieties is inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is indisputable. Their wines are benchmarks to which the other wines of the region are compared, both in quality and in value.
The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wine in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Their mission was simple, but not so easy: protect the legacy of the estate by continuing with the traditions that had made them so famous. Today they have eighty hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia, expressing the terroir of Salento through the lens of their beloved native varieties, showcasing earthy, spicy, and fruity notes and an authentic and down-to-earth winemaking style.
Notapanaro comes the name of the original farm on which the Taurino family began making wine. Comprised of 100% Negroamaro from a single 25 ha. plot with an average vine age of over 30 years, the soils are shallow, rocky, and iron-rich. Here again, the influence of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas adds a very specific saline quality to the wines. Farming is done sustainably, harvest, by hand, and fermentation and aging occurs in concrete, followed by a period of 6 months in barrique before bottling. This is a highly-individual, full-flavored, tobacco and leather-scented wine that speaks to the traditions of a bygone era. Incredibly delicious, and an almost unheard-of value for just $16.95.
Gravitas, layers, depth-- the nose exudes scents of balsa wood, Indian spices, pepper and garrique, sweetened by notes of dried strawberries, mulberry and persimmon fruits. Lush, savory and sweet. In the mouth, the journey continues, true to its olfactory roots. We taste more strawberries and ripe red fruits in the foreground, dusted with a breath of salinity, bolstered by an underpinning of Earl Grey tea. Elegant and balanced by lush tannins, this wine is in a perfect spot right now. The finish was brilliant, elongated and rife with echoes of the flavors and scents found within. Really lovely wine!
- Item #: i_305484Bottle Size: 750ml"One of the truly historic names in Puglian wine." – Vinous Media
“Consumer alert - these are dazzling bargains!” – Robert M. Parker, Jr.
In Puglia, one of Italy’s largest bulk wine growing regions, Taurino stands head and shoulders above the rest as a beacon of estate-bottled quality. The estate’s respect for terroir and native varieties is truly inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is undoubtable. Their wines are the benchmarks to which the other wines of the region are compared, both in quality and in value.
The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wine in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Their mission was simple, but not so easy: to protect the legacy of the estate by continuing the traditions that had made them so famous. Today they have eighty hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia, expressing the terroir of Salento through the lens of their native varieties, showcasing earthy, spicy, and fruity notes and an authentic and down-to-earth winemaking style.
From 15 to 20-year-old vines planted at 100 meters above sea level, the 2010 Salice Salentino comes from vineyards located in the area of Guagnano, which is cooled by the winds coming from both the Ionian and the Adriatic seas, lending a saline character to the wines. Sustainably-farmed Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are picked together, after which the final blend is determined not in the cellar, but by the overall percentages of plantings on the property (80-90% Negroamaro, 10-20% Malvasia Nera). They are de-stemmed, crushed, and transferred to stainless steel vats, after which alcoholic fermentation and maceration lasts for fifteen days, followed by racking and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine then ages in medium-toast French oak barrels (2+ years old) for sixteen months before bottling. The result is an delicious, spicy, and tobacco-scented wine of great classicism and character, and a more than remarkable value at just $13.99!
Tasting notes - The nose is filled with perfumed red fruits, salted plums and mulberries, incense, rose petal and oolong tea. In the mouth the fruit continues with plums, cherries and strawberries balanced by black tea, English tobacco, forward acidity and moderate tannins-- the balance is perfect; a classicist's dream wine. Red berry fruits and forest floor revel in the lengthy finish. Drinks more like a $30+ wine.
- Item #: i_303847Bottle Size: 750mlBorn from the insights and passion of Cosimo Taurino, the unforgettable protagonist of Apulian viticulture from the seventies, this wine is the ultimate expression of the great potential of the Negroamaro grape. The Patriglione is a wine that has had a very important role in the history of viticulture in Southern Italy. In his best years he proved that even in the South could be obtained red wines that are not only distinguished themselves for power, concentration and “exuberance” taste. The Patriglione all this added complexity, dynamic taste, harmony.
- Item #: i_302976Bottle Size: 750mlLi Veli is situated in the Puglia region of Italy, the largest wine producing region in the country. In 1999 the Falvo family, former owners of Avignonesi in Tuscany, purchased the 128 acre property in Salice Salentino, in the heart of the Salento region. The vineyard portion of the estate currently measures 86 acres. Li Veli highlights the region’s principal native varietals, Verdeca for white wine, and Negroamaro and Primitivo, which are made into powerful, inky dark red wines of great character and elegance. Through proper vineyard management and vinification, Li Veli has established a new quality benchmark for wines from Puglia. ) The grapes are hand-picked from organically farmed vineyards planted on clay with limestone rock at an elevation of 229 feet.
- Item #: i_305330Bottle Size: 750mlRivera is a family-owned winery in northern Puglia, near the city of Andria and the remarkable Schwabian castle called Castel del Monte. The red wines here are predominantly of Uva di Troia (sometimes called Nero di Troia), and are completely different from those of the south of Puglia, which is hotter and dominated by Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo. Uva di Troia is a semi-aromatic red variety, a little like Frappato in that sense, and shows deep color, strongly floral/fruity nose, same notes on the palate but with fresh acidity and chewy tannins to balance, a knockout everyday red wine. Ian d'Agata says the grape tastes of 'red cherries, red currants, black pepper, tobacco and underbrush...' and as usual his notes are spot on. The Terranima is made from grapes grown in Rivera's own vineyards; the fermentation and aging take place in stainless-steel tanks; and the wine is aged in the bottle for at least a year to round out, a nice touch that is very unusual at this price point. The food in Puglia is excellent, in my experience; delicious meats, seafood near the coast, and lots of vegetables. I would drink this Uva di Troia with red meats, substantial pasta dishes, and cheeses.