Maru Negroamaro Salento IGT 2006

Castello Monaci

The term "Maru" translates into dark or severe and correctly describes some of the characteristics of Puglia's native Negroamaro grape.

Terroir: The Castello Monaci Maru Negroamaro is sourced from estate vineyards surrounding the 16th century winery. This varietal is typically harvested in early September.

Vinification: The fruit is hand-harvested at dawn to preserve sugar levels and avoid the heat of the sun. Each parcel is vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks followed by blending and then 6 months aging in 75% stainless steel and 25% 2nd and 3rd use French oak. 80,000 bottles produced.

Additional Information

The wine has intense dark berry and spicy aromas, round and ripe on the palate with an excellent structure.

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Food & Wine Author: Anthony Giglio
    Date: Thursday, January 1, 2009

    Negroamaro, which translates as black and bitter is the key grape in southern Apulias Salice Salentino wines, among others. The is one of many interesting single-variety bottlings, showing off the grapes huckleberry fruit and lavender fragrances.

    Grade: 2 Stars - Very Good
  • Score: 87 Points

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

    This is a well-crafted, elegant wine with pretty mineral tones that frame a core of black cherry and spice. The wine offers the precise qualities -structure, good freshness and clean fruit aromas - that promise a successful pairing with most Mediterranean foods.

    Grade: Best Buy
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Sunday, August 31, 2008

    The 2006 Negroamaro Maru isnt quite as generous as the Piluna but it does reveal an exotic expression of dried figs, plums, cherries, spices, herbs and tobacco. It is an absolutely delicious wine to drink now and over the next few years.P>

    Grade: Finest Wine Values
  • Score: 89 Points

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

    "The 2006 Negroamaro Maru isn-t quite as generous as the Piluna but it does reveal an exotic expression of dried figs, plums, cherries, spices, herbs and tobacco. It is an absolutely delicious wine to drink now and over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2011."

  • Wine Image SKY (Delta inflight magazine) Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Thursday, November 1, 2007

    And heres your nicely priced house red for the month of November. The fathomless aromas of prunes and black raisins provide the perfect overture to the massive, tannic and robust flavors of cedar, black pepper and cassis. Serve it with a hearty venison stew or with triple-meat pizza for a profoundly decadent culinary experience.

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