With thousands of wines from Italy being sold annually in the US, from well known regions like Piemonte or Toscana and regions like Sicily or Sardinia which have recently put their wines on the map,  it is rare to find quality wines from Puglia, yet another relatively unknown region for their wines.

The Antinori family, who know a thing or two about wines,  built Tormaresca in 1998 with the goal of creating wines that would be the finest expression of Apulian viticulture. Tormaresca  —means “Tower by the Sea,” — is composed of two estates in Puglia – one in the south in the Salento DOC region and one in the north, in the Castel del Monte DOC.  The Puglia region’s history, culture and gastronomy are integrally linked to the sea, but the oils and wines produced there are also a testament to the soil and sun, twin traditions that began thousands of years ago.

The Antinoris along with their Head Enologist Renzo Cotarella, hope to reacquaint the world with the native grapes of Puglia —Fiano, Negroamaro, Primitivo —, by producing amazing wine all made from 100% estate-grown grapes

2010 Tormaresca Chardonnay Puglia I.G.T. ($11.99)

Pale lemon in color, this 90% Chardonnay, 10% Fiano   is fresh and flavorful with aromas of peach, white flowers and citrus, and with flavors of exotic fruit and sea-salt tinged minerality. This chardonnay has lively acidity and lingers indefinitely on the palate.   

2010 Tormaresca Roycello Fiano Salento I.G.T. ($17.99)
Only 3,000 cases of this 100% Fiano wine have been produced at Tormaresca’s Masseria Maìme estate. Named “Apianum” (from apia or bee) by the Romans because of its fragrant nature, the Fiano Puigliese comes as a revelation to modern consumers. The 2010 vintage is the inaugural release of this wine in the United States. Fresh and flavorful with great acidity, this wine shows the signature floral notes of Fiano mingled with hints of stone fruit.

2009 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia I.G.T. ($11.99)
40% Negroamaro (a variety which grows mainly in Salento is used for its richness, concentration and spiciness), 30% Primitivo (fruity and concentrated, it is important for its high alcohol content) , 30% Cabernet Sauvignon (for freshness and acidity to balance the wine and make it food friendly), this medium-bodied wine is intense ruby red in color with violet hues. Aromas of red fruits and black cherry dominate the nose, complemented by light floral notes. Soft and flavorful on the palate with balanced acidity and subtle tannins. 86 points in Wine Spectator and 90 in Best Buys.

2009 Tormaresca Torcicoda Salento I.G.T. ($22.99)
Full-bodied, ruby red in color with characteristic varietal aromas of red fruits, with notes of chocolate and anise, this wine from 100% Primitivo has spent 9 months in barrique and 10 in the bottle. Primitivo is of the same rootstock as Zinfandel, both originating in Croatia.  The palate is soft and silky,with good body and acidity. Rich, mouth-coating tannins are accentuated by a long, lasting finish.   Amazing!

2008 Trentangeli Rosso Castel del Monte D.O.C. ($25.99)
This wine (trentangeli means “30 angels”)  is a blend of 65% Aglianico, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah and is produced at the Bocca di Lupo winery.  The 2008 vintage is the inaugural release in the U.S.  Made in a modern style, this Aglianico-based wine has a soft palate entrance with intense red fruit and spice flavors. The wine is well-balanced with smooth tannins.

2006 Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo Castel del Monte D.O.C. ($38.00)
Bright ruby red in color with fruity aromas of red and black berries and spicy notes that are typical of Aglianico. A strong yet elegant mouthfeel that is round, slightly tannic with a hint of salinity.  100% Aglianico

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