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Matane Primitivo-Merlot

2010 Very deep ruby red with black nuances. Complex, intense bouquet of ripe red fruit, cherries, berries, and notes of cinnamon. On the palate, remarkable structure sustained and mellowed by sweet, silky tannins and velvety texture. Very long, pleasing finish. Goes with red meat, game, and hard cheeses.
$30.00 / Bottle   $360.00 / Case

Additional Information

Matane is located in San Marzano, Puglia, Italy. In the Salento peninsula, the southernmost portion of Puglia and Italy’s easternmost area is a land — geographically and culturally — of extremes and dramatic beauty, stretching out between two seas. Here, the Empsons fell in love with the dazzling, colorful landscape: lush, dark red soil bathed in Mediterranean sunlight and constantly windswept by the salty air currents of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. This amazing palette of colors and sensations nurtures superb old vineyards native varieties. When Neil, Maria and Tara tasted the silky, seductive, structured reds crafted by Filippo Baccalaro for Valentino Sciotti, the Matané project (from Maria, Tara and Neil) began to take shape. It was then that a joint venture was decided between the Empsons, Valentino and Filippo.

This wine is made from a blend of Primitivo (70%) and Merlot (30%). Vineyards are in San Marzano, the Salento peninsula, and Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia). Location is around 100 meters (330 feet) above sea level, with very high average temperatures and particularly dry weather, with little rainfall. The soil is medium-clayey, well below 1 meter (3.28 feet) in depth.

Vinification involves temperature-controlled maceration, followed by drawing off and softpressing at the end of fermentation. The wine is matured in French oak barriques for 4 months.