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 2009 Castello Monaci Artas is explosively rich and layered with ripe, sun-drenched berry fruit, black pepper spice and smoky oak.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"The estate's top of the line 2009 Primitivo Salento Artas is quite pretty. A juicy, perfumed wine, the Artas stands out for its varietal nuance and expressiveness. There is plenty of depth to the 2009, but no sense of heaviness. Once again, the Artas is a standout.
"As seen in the April, 2013 of La Cucina Italiana
"From historic vineyards in Salento, south of Bari, Monaci produces some of Puglia's finest wines. At the hands of the estate's talented winemaker, the indigenous primitivo grape is transformed into robust yet restrained wines. This 100% primitivo is their top-tier wine, sourced from the best estate vineyards. Densely concentrated flavors of dried berries, smoky pine and menthol complement the bold flavors of this Easter dish. Also try their Piluna primitivo for a lower priced alternative."
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