2020 San Marzano Rari Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane
In 1962, 19 winemakers, determined to demonstrate the high potential of wines from Salento, founded "Cantine San Marzano". In addition to their well-known wines from Puglia, they also have vineyards in Sicily across the heel of Italy's boot. RARI is the name of this small Sicilian wine line. It is the oenologists of the famous CANTINE SAN MARZANO who dared to jump over the water to the beautiful island to look for suitable vineyards: they found what they were looking for in the northwest of Sicily, in the hills around Gibellina and in the valley near Belice. They have tracked down older vines from Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Syrah and Grillo and are now making the San Marzano Rari series. Reduced yields and professional cellar work result in wines with the typical style that has made SAN MARZANO famous: fruity, drinkable, full and spicy and at affordable prices! It is a modern, recognizable and original line of typical Sicilian wines
The RARI Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane is made from the typical Sicilian Nerello Mascalese. The vineyards are located in Belice Valley, Sicily and have a planting density of 4,000 plants per HA. This high planting density results in low yields and forces the plants to root deeper due to competition. The area is about 300 meters above sea level and benefits from a dry microclimate and good water retention. The soil is rich in limestone and traces of gypsum from the lime-sulphurous structure of the environment.
In the glass, the Rari Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane from Cantine San Marzano has a bright ruby red color. If you hold the glass at an angle, you can see a transition of the color to garnet red at the edges. In the glass, this red wine from Cantine San Marzano shows aromas of black cherries, morello cherries, blackberries, plums, complemented by oriental spices, cinnamon and vanilla. On the palate, the Rari Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane starts pleasantly dry, firm and aromatic. Despite its dry taste profile, this red wine captivates with a delicate melting and a finely textured residual sweetness. On the tongue, this balanced red wine is characterized by an extremely dense texture. Thanks to its typical fruit acidity, the Rari Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane is fantastically fresh and lively on the palate. In the finish, this red wine from the wine-growing region of Sicily delights with its beautiful length, with again hints of blackcurrant and plum. In the aftertaste, mineral notes of the lime-dominated soils are added. The beautiful acidity also ensures that this wine can continue to sink for a while. We don't deny it - we are big fans of Sicilian wine. Elegance, freshness and minerality go hand in hand. Delicious with cold cuts and salami, savory starters and risotto.
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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|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Complex, Powerful, Mineral, Red fruit, Tannines|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Iets te vieren, Indruk maken, Met vrienden, Open haard|