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Negroamaro 2019

Available:  In Stock $32.00
Size: 750 ml
Negroamaro is Italian for "black" (negro) and "bitter" (amaro). Oddly named because the wine is not particularly dark, and it definitely is not bitter. This is our sixth Negroamaro (and first “all estate grown”!). Black cherry and peppercorn flavors, with a hint of black tea spiciness. The finish is moderately dry with a lingering pie cherry effect. This is another obscure varietal, grown primarily in the Puglia region along the Adriatic coast. There are only about four or five acres of it in California, including the acre we planted in 2015. While most of our wines get a minimum of two years in barrel before bottling, I’ve found that our Negroamaro reaches the perfect balance of bright fruit and depth at about 18 months. I’m often asked if there is a better known varietal I could compare with Negroamaro; it has the color and complexity of a well-made Pinot Noir, with more of a spicy mid-palate vs the earthy tones more typical of Pinot Noir. We produced 100 cases of this rare and beautiful wine. Silver Medal ~ 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Wine writer Fredric Koeppel on our 2019 Negroamaro: "The name of this grape — originating in Apulia, the heel of the Italian boot — implies “black-bitter,” but the color here, far from being opaque, is a dark to medium ruby-garnet hue, while there’s nothing bitter to offend the palate. Black cherries and currants seem macerated in Earl Gray tea, lavender, violets and sandalwood, lending the wine an exotic touch; an intense core of dusty graphite, dark chocolate and black licorice extends through plush tannins that grow more rigorous after a few moments in the glass; the wine is deep and dense, vibrant with acidity, yet emitting beguiling elements of wild blueberry and mountain herbs. 13.8 percent alcohol. Pair this with Autumn cuisine such as braised lamb or veal shanks, smoked pork or beef ribs or pappardelle with wild boar. Now through 2025 to ’27. Production was 100 cases. Excellent. About $32."

Vintage: 2019

Wine Type: Red

Appellation: Sierra Foothills

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