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Paolo Petrilli "Agramante" Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera '17

Puglia

Paolo Petrilli "Agramante" Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera '17

Puglia is one of the greatest culinary regions of Italy.

The warm and dry climate of the region enables it to produce an excellent array of vegetables and fruit.

Paolo Petrilli is one of the regions great proponents of organic farming. His reputation as a tomato farmer extends beyond the region and country. Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame purchased them for the restaurant. Famed store Harrods of London has sold the tomatoes in its store.

Yet, Paolo’s reputation as a farmer now extends beyond tomatoes to grapes. In 2002, Petrilli began production of wines produced from local grapes such as Nero di Troia, Sangiovese, Bombino and Montepulciano. The grapes are grown on 11 hectares of vineyards near the town of Lucera, in the northern reaches of Puglia. The estate vineyards are composed of stoney, calcareous soil. The vines are densely planted, south facing, but they benefit greatly from the natural wind flow that goes through the vineyard. Like the tomatoes they are organically farmed and hand harvested.

Petrilli is a quality first kind of person, and in recent years when the grapes have not been up to his standards he has declassified his top wines into a regular everyday wine. 2017 proved to be an excellent vintage for Petrilli and he was able to make his fantastic red wine called “Agramante.” A wine based largely on the Nero di Troia grape, Petrilli also blends in Montepulciano, Sangiovese and even the white grape Bombino. The grapes are whole berry fermented with natural yeasts in French and Slovenian oak vats. The wine is aged in stainless steel tank, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Beautiful aromatics, with ripe red fruits and savory herbs. Like all of the Petrilli wines, this shows the warmth of the region in its body, but with a striking balance and freshness. This is not your typical 15%+ alcohol that you find from many of the reds of the region.

This is a perfect wine to pair alongside a mixed grill, including lamb chops, grilled zucchini, and coal-roasted tomatoes.

Don’t miss this great Italian red. With none produced in both 2016 or 2018, when you it is released it is worth buying a case!

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Italy

Details

Producer Paolo Petrilli
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

3 / 5

Body

4 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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