Negroamaro of Pulgia







The grape...
Negroamaro is a black grape grown exclusively and extensively through the heel of the Italian boot --> Pulgia [Apulgia], particularly around Salento. It is indigenous here, one of the regions important grapes, and the focus of several local DOC's. From my experiences, the grape consistently shows distinctive earthy qualities, with funky black fruits, wild and gamey. It tends toward a fleshy, chewy feel. Not disimilar to Mouvedre in some examples. Pulgia seems to be garnering a newfound attention as it follows in the move to produce higher quality wines over cheap market fillers.


Four wines; between $15 and $22, all from Pulgia, all available at WineInk on 17th. From simple and fruity to floral and elegant, they each offer a delicious view into the Negroamaro grape.






The Matané 2010 Negeroamaro...
The most straight-forward of the bunch, and utterly delicious. Deep purple in colour, the Matané has a satisfying jammy feel, loaded with wild berry and black current. A little on the soft side, mid-full bodied with a smooth, velvety feel.













The Candido 2005 Salice Salentino Riserva...
The Salice Salentino DOC requires minimum 85% Negroamaro with the rest Malvasia Nero. The colour is maroon with a brown rim. The nose is very aromatic, elegant and rustic; telling of florals, cherry, sweet rosemary, and toasted oak. The palate is sharp with crisp black cherry and berry. The body is medium with reserved tannin. The finish is poised, dry, with an aged, earthy tone. Amazing value for a wine with such well developed character.




The Candido 2007 Cappello Di Pretti...
An ideal example of balance, the high toned opening is balanced with structure, and its earthy nature with hearty fruit. There are musty notes of fresh torn bark and wild dark berries.







The Leone de Castris 2008 Elo Veni... 
The most masculine rendition of the group. Full bodied with an intensely dry, rough texture. It shows old purple, pruney fruits with an aged, woody, earthiness.


These wines are drinking fantastic at tremendous value, too bad they're so under-known. Most certainly a grape worth keeping an eye out for. WineInk stocks the Matané for $15.65, the Salentino Riserva for $19.95, the Cappello for $15.95, and the Elo Veni for $21.35.


Vineyard photo courtesy of http://www.pugliabestwine.it/en


December 2012