"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.
The 2011 Piluna 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.
Score: 87 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni
"Castello Monaci's 2011 Primitivo Piluna emerges from the glass with blackberries, tar, licorice and spices. It also reveals a bit more varietal delineation than the Negroamaru Maru. At $12.00 a bottle, it also happens to be a terrific value."
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