Pilùna Primitivo Salento IGT 2007

Castello Monaci

"Piluna" translates into "pot of clay" or an ancient container used to store water or wine.

Terroir: This 100% Primitivo is grown from vineyards surrounding the ancient Castello Monaci estate. Soils are a blend of dry clay, volcanic gravel and limestone. Vines are forced deep in search of water, leading to low yields and rich, fragrant wines.

Vinification: Harvest is done by hand prior to dawn to preserve sugar levels and avoid the hot sunlight. The grapes are vinified in small stainless steel tanks prior to 6 months of aging in 75% stainless steel and 25% 2nd and 3rd use French oak. 300,000 bottles produced.

Additional Information

The wine has broad, ripe black fruit and spice aromas, with notes of pepper, toasty vanilla and Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, the wine has a robust, concentrated character, a firm structure, and small black fruit and licorice notes on the aftertaste.

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Newsday Author: Peter Gianotti
    Date: Thursday, November 5, 2009

    A hearty, intense red from Puglia. Sample it with dark meat: grilled, roasted or in tomato-based pasta sauce.

    Grade: Winning wines for $20 or less
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
    Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009

    This 2007 flows from the glass with waves of dark red fruit. This generous, ripe wine should continue to drink well for at least another year or two. It is another incredibly delicious valued-priced red from Castello Monaci.

  • Wine Image Vini d'Italia, published by Gambero Rosso/Slow Food Author: Other
    Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009

    Fresh, flowery aromas and nuances of black plum with strong notes of vanilla and its consistent , still alcohol-rich palate with good mouth feel and a finish hinting at cherry.

    Grade: 2 Glasses

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