2018 San Marzano Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Manduria Riserva
In 1962, 19 winemakers, determined to demonstrate the high potential of wines from Salento, founded "Cantine San Marzano". A long time has passed since then, but their old original vines still produce rare and precious grapes and this is where this Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Manduria DOP Riserva comes from.
The Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Manduria DOP Riserva honors these original grapes and is made from the grapes of very old vineyards in the area of San Marzano and Sava. The soil of the vineyards consists of fine red earth with a calcareous subsoil, sparse rock formations and an intense presence of iron oxides (this explains the red soil). The vines are at least sixty+ years old. The very ripe grapes are harvested manually. The maceration takes place for 18 days on 80% of the grapes and for 25 days on 20%, with indigenous yeasts selected in the vineyard. The fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 24-26°C.
The wine is aged for 18 months in French and American oak barriques. In the glass, the Anniversario 62 has a very intense and elegant ruby red color; a broad and complex fruity fragrance with hints of plum, cherry jam and tobacco, slightly spicy. In the mouth, the Anniversario 62 is a full-bodied wine but surprisingly smooth, rich in tannins with a finish with notes of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. This is a perfect wine with red meat and game, but is certainly also a meditation wine.
In 1962, 19 winegrowers from San Marzano joined forces to create "Cantine San Marzano". Today, this cooperative has more than 1200 growers and uses modern and technologically advanced installations without compromising the very old wine tradition of Puglia. San Marzano is located in Puglia, in the heart of the acclaimed DOC "Primitivo di Manduria", between two seas (Ionian and Adriatic).
The provinces of Taranto and Brindisi offer a landscape where vineyards and olive trees grow side by side on a red substrate. This soil and the Mediterranean terroir play an essential role in the production of high-quality wines. The climate is extreme, with difficult conditions: drought, frost, Sirocco wind. Yet these passionate winemakers ensure that even grapes from the oldest vineyards produce full-bodied and elegant wines. Respect for the traditions of Puglia and passion for wine are paramount, but go hand in hand with technological developments and clever marketing. The modern wines of San Marzano are now extremely popular in Italian wine bars. The San Marzano label is their premium line, which even appears on the table in Michelin restaurants.
Using modern vinification techniques, San Marzano produces elegant and clean wines that pay tribute to the ancient Apulian winemaking traditions. This fusion of time-honored tradition, passion and contemporary craftsmanship allows the production of wines with distinctive varietal characteristics that reflect the essence of the local terroir. The team of winemakers is built to create the idiosyncratic and innovative style that makes San Marzano recognizable from the first sip. Caterina Bellanova and Davide Ragusa were born and raised in Puglia: Caterina represents the exquisite touch essential to make iconic wines, Davide is a young and talented winemaker, he studied oenology in Florence and developed his practical skills during several harvests, including in Abroad.
The strength of San Marzano lies in its versatility. However, she does have some hobbyhorses. She is a real star in the Primitivo from Di Manduria. San Marzano is also the right address for the wine drinker who is looking for depth and complexity. How about the San Marzano Collezione Cinquanta. This is a complex red wine that unites all the beauty of Salento, part of Puglia. But the real winner is the Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria, a real top wine that the whole world has fallen in love with. It was not for nothing that this powerhouse received no less than 98 points from Luca Maroni, who is considered the Italian counterpart of Robert Parker.
|Type of Wine||Red|
|Appellation||Primitivo di Manduria|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Tannines, Full|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Met vrienden, Open haard|