2012 Cosimo Taurino "Salice Salentino Riserva" Rosso, Puglia, Italy
ABOUT THIS WINE
A blend of 90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera from 15 to 20-year-old vines planted at 100m above sea level. The grapes are picked together and co-fermented in stainless steel vats with temperature control. Alcoholic fermentation and maceration for 10-15 days. Aged in used medium-toast French oak barrels (2+ years old) for 4-6 months.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wines 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. Later, his son Cosimo grew the distribution and brought the production to world-class levels with the collaboration of Severino Garofano, a renown Apulian enologist. Today, the estate encompasses 80 hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes – both indigenous to the area of Salento where they are grown. The wines of Cosimo Taurino express the particular terroir of Salento through the lense of their native varieties—the wines showcase earthy, spicy & fruity notes and an authentic and down to Earth wine-making style.