Artas Primitivo Salento IGT 2005

Castello Monaci

Terroir: The Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo is sourced from vineyards surrounding the ancient Castello Monaci estate. The dry, limestone-based soils combine with alberello-trained vines and the hot arid climate to produce remarkably low yields and extraordinarily rich wines.

Vinification: Harvest is done at night to avoid exposing the picked grapes to the intense heat of the southern sun. The grapes are macerated at cold temperature for 15+ days with frequent pumping over of the must to encourage rich extraction of flavor and color. Following fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in French oak and other 6 months in casks followed by an additional 6 months in bottle prior to release. 9,500 bottles produced.

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"The 2005 Primitivo Artas (85% Primitivo, 15% Negroamaro) is a very pretty, refined wine with a perfumed inner sweetness in its dark fruit, spices and herbs. The 2005 is made in a somewhat linear, focused style, yet it offers outstanding balance and plenty of style. The wine spent 12 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012." 91 pts. -Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, Feb. 2008

Recent Press

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    This hot climate Primitivo has a jammy side that is evident in its raw notes of strawberry and blackberry preserves. This is a powerful and intense wine with flavors of spice, tar and dried herbs with a chewy, rich mouthfeel.P>

  • Score: 91 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Friday, February 1, 2008

    "The 2005 Primitivo Artas (85% Primitivo, 15% Negroamaro) is a very pretty, refined wine with a perfumed inner sweetness in its dark fruit, spices and herbs. The 2005 is made in a somewhat linear, focused style, yet it offers outstanding balance and plenty of style. The wine spent 12 months in French oak. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2012."

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