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Two Apulian Wines from Tormaresca


Tormaresca is an estate located in Apulia with vineyards located at the estates of Tenuta Bocca di Lupo and Masseria Maime. It was founded in 1998 when the Antinori family purchased the two estates in Apulia. At the time land prices were affordable and the estates were judged to be good locations for growing indigenous and international varietals. Tenuta Bocca di Lupa contains 130 hectares of vineyards located in the Castel del Monte DOC which is in the center of Apulia. The vineyards are located near Vulture at an altitude of 250 meters. Masseria Maime is a 500 hectare estate located in Salento which is in the south of Apulia. Half of this estate is planted with vines. For those curious about the importer, Antinoi has joint projects throughout the world including the Clos Solare winery in Washington State. Clos Solare is a joint venture between Antinori and Chateau Ste. Michelle so it is natural that Ste. Michelle imports these wines.

The Bocca di Lupo Estate, Tormaresca, Image by Sankta84 (flickr)

Jenn and I greatly enjoyed tasting these wines as a pair. Both are drinking quite well right now with the Masseria Maime drinking at its peak and the Bocca di Lupo still several years away. While it is informative to taste both wines, if you must pick one then grab the Bocca di Lupo. You may cellar it for a few more years so that it may reach its maximum potential or drink now after an hour in the decanter. These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2004 Tormaresca, Bocca di Lupo, Aglianic0, Castel del Monte DOC – $36
Imported by Ste. Michelle Estates. This wine is 100% Aglianico which was harvested when slightly overripe. It was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation in oak barriques, then was aged for 15 months in French and Hungarian oak barriques. The nose was a mixture of red fruit and apple cider with spices. In the mouth the black and red fruit was concentrated with chewy, ripe tannins which coat the inside of the lips. There were flavors of wood box, hints of salinity, iron minerality, and a dark chewy aftertaste. The tannins are a bit spicy. There is good balance between the ripe tannins, salivating acidity, and chewy aftertaste. I imagine this will develop for a few more years but is quite a pleasurable drink right now. ***(*) Now-2022.

2004 Tormaresca, Masseria Maime, Negroamaro, Salento IGT – $34
Imported by Ste. Michelle Estates. This wine is 100% Negroamaro which was harvested when slightly overripe. It was fermented in stainless steel, underwent malolactic fermentation in oak barriques, then was aged for 12 months in oak barriques. The nose revealed a touch of wood smoke and artichokes. In the mouth there was plenty of dusty, tangy, concentrated red fruit which was a little savory. The brighter and tarter fruit was supported by underlying mature flavors. Flavors of black tea developed with some roasted wood before a finish and aftertaste of fine, ripe, drying tannins and sweet, wood smoke. I thought the acidity was a bit disjointed at the end. *** Now-2017.

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