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Paolo Petrilli "Motta del Lupo" Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera '18

Puglia

Paolo Petrilli "Motta del Lupo" Cacc'e Mmitte di Lucera '18

Opening a bottle of Paolo Petrilli “Motta del Lupo” one almost expects a tiny Italian grandmother to pop out of the bottle yelling “Mangia!”

That’s because this Italian wine is truly Italian. It comes from one of the culinary capitals of Italy. Puglia is a dream for any Italian cook, the bounty of produce is second to none. Just ask legendary tomato farmer Paolo Petrilli. His heirloom tomatoes are sought after throughout Italy and the world. His wine is deserving of the same attention.

Paolo’s vineyards are locate near Lucera, 11 hectares in total, all farmed organically just like his prized tomatoes. Petrilli is a specialist with the grape varietal, Nero di Troia. An aromatic varietal that often offers gobs of fruit. For his “everyday” value called “Motta del Lupo,” Petrilli blends 50% Nero di Troia with 20% Montepulciano, 15% Sangiovese and 15% of the white grape variety called Bombino.

It is a wine that shows the warm region that it comes from, but does so in a way that very few in all of Puglia manage to do. The 2018 “Motta del Lupo” shows beautiful aromas reminiscent of a strawberry fruit leather, along with hints at blackberry, lavender, violets and white pepper. The palate is medium plus bodied, with soft tannins, bright fruit, and plenty of complex spice notes. This is a perfectly balanced wine, with 13% alcohol, a modest level for what you come to expect from Pulgia.

Drink this with whatever that tiny Italian grandmother tells you to pair it with. It’s versatile, delicious and screams out for food.

This is an outstanding value. Once you taste it we know you will come back asking for a case for your place. Mangia!

Perman

Italy

Details

Producer Paolo Petrilli
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml

Acidity

4 / 5

Tannin

3 / 5

Body

3 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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