Nothing is what it seems..negroamaro

Like everyone else, also I have my prejudices on wines and grapes. One of the best things in wineworld is that wine can always surprise and amaze you. Actually, there are no certainties in winelife.

One of the grapes I wasn’t really fond of, was negroamaro. This is a grape from Puglia, Italy, famous for it’s dark colour. The wines you normally find in Holland, are the overfruity, jammy, tiring fruitjuices without any excitement at all.

A few weeks ago, I met the Puglian winemaker Paolo Cantele at a Piemonte winetasting. When I found out that he, and his wines would be at Prowein, I had to taste his wines. Actually because I was very curious about his wines. He came all the way from Puglia, Salento to Piemonte to find out about the Grignolino grape, so there must be real wine passion, at least.

I tasted all Cantele wines in Düsseldorf, which are all really good but the one that really blew me away, was the Teresamanara, negroamaro, 2008, 100% negroamaro, aged for 12 months in barrels.

This negroamaro, showed a spiciness, fruitiness and great minerality, combined with perfect acidity and was so elegant, I was really amazed. I think this is the way negroamaro should be. Fortunately this really was a classy wine, not a dull one, like the ones I’ve tasted before.. A wine I would like to drink during my summer BBQ !

So going back home, from Prowein, a few things were on my mind..

  •  Puglia is really an underestimated wine region
  •  I love good wine, because it can always help you change your ideas, open your mind.
  •  Imagine the world,  if we would spent a little bit more money on wines.

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Cantine del Falco, Artiglio Salento, IGT 2009

Artiglio Salento Bianco IGT '09 One of the things I really like about wines, in general, is that often you’ ll  get rid of your own  prejudices . This wine really is a good example. I am not a big fan of oaked Chardonnays but this one, although it’s a blend and really oaky, surprised me that much I had to write about it..

It has a beautiful, intense golden color. You definitely smell the wood, no doubt about it.( 6 months of ageing in barriques) In the beginning I thought of just another overoaked white wine…, but after some time, you can smell lovely almonds, hints of vanilla and even some coconut, in a pleasant way. In your mouth, it’s has a velvety roundness, but also a nice acidity. It tastes like almonds, peaches and is easily drinkable, thanks to the nice acidity. And it sure has some ageing potential, I would love to try this wine again in let’s say, four more years.

But best of all, it is a nice wine to sit down with and relax, not too complicated, but just to enjoy! Its producer, Cantine del Falco http://www.cantinedelfalco.it/ is situated in the region of Lecce, Puglia, Italy.

This wine is made of 60 % Chardonnay and 40 % Verdeca. The last one is a local variety. Verdeca, also known as: Verdicchio femmina, Verdone, Verdisio, is being grown in Puglia and Campania. Both areas are relatively unknown here in Holland, except for some primitivo wines and a lost Greco di Tufo, you don’t see many of their wines here, unfortunately. Verdeca is mostly used in blends and to make Vermouth. If Verdeca is being used  in a single varietal wine, they say it shows delicate aromas. I did some internet  research, but haven’t find one yet. Would be interesting to taste a 100% Verdeca, anyone knows one, or tasted one?

 Available @Monegawijn  www.monega.nl  € 11,40