2016 Primitivo Sasseo Masseria Altemura Puglia Italy Red

St Barth’s Wine

Sasseo is a whimsical name. It is derived from the Italian word Sasso, meaning stone; this name refers to the abundance of limestone in the area, which creates a reflective quality in the vineyards. The grapes are grown on a terrain comprised of reddish earth mixed with slabs of limestone; the latter have been crushed according to a unique technique known as "spietramento". Mature grapes are machine harvested, then gently crushed and de-stemmed. Afterward, the must is fermented over fourteen days at temperatures controlled between 77°F to 82°F. Following fermentation, the wine is aged in 6,000 liters Slavonian bottle for one year and an additional three months in the bottle.

Prominent tobacco and leather on the nose; ripe blackberry and blueberry with hints of cocoa, baking spice, and delicate pine. Juicy and medium-bodied; reveals rich fruits, sweet herbs, and milk chocolate; leads to plush tannins and an elegant finish.

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