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.
Intense dark berry and spicy aromas, round and ripe on the palate with an excellent structure.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
A balanced, medium-bodied red, showing light tannins sculpting the creamy cherry and strawberry fruit flavors, with subtle accents of smoke, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2021.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
The Castello Monaci 2015 Negroamaro Maru shows a more contained and sophisticated side next to the estate's Primitivo. The bouquet is grand in appeal and presentation, yet this wine reveals a tighter fabric with firm stitching that holds it together. The effect is almost seamless. Dark berry, plum, espresso bean and toasted spice are all part of this vinous ensemble. A pretty blast of red cherry appears on the close. Maru delivers incredible value and is worth seeking out.
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