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A Mano Bianco 2015

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    This compelling wine combines crisp and clean flavors with concentration and length. Aromas of ripe pears, orange blossom, white peaches and a whiff of jasmine awaken the senses. Fiano Minutolo gives pure, ripe peach aromas to this blend. Falanghina adds citrus blossom to the nose, and body and minerality to round out the length on the palate. Greco is a wonderful grape that brings structure to the blend.

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    A Mano, Puglia, Italy
    Mark Shannon has a long history in California graduating from UC Davis and becoming the winemaker at Bogle Winery for a decade. During his consulting travels, Mark met future wife and business partner Elvezia Sbalchiero who was in the Friulian wine business herself. Intended as a holiday to Puglia in 1998, they fell head over heels with the vineyards. Thus began A Mano.

    Their indigenous head-trained vines are between 70 and 100 years old, planted on deep red alluvial soils. Mark works closely with local growers as a substitute to the local coop, and he is well respected locally by setting criteria and standards.

    Well-suited to the production of concentrated, fruity and spicy red varieties, Puglia is one of Italy’s warmest, most southerly regions. Its entire eastern side is one long coastline bordering the Adriatic Sea. About half way down, the region becomes the Salento Peninsula. This peninsula, bordered by water on three sides, receives moist, nighttime, sea breezes that bring a welcome cooling effect to the region, where little rain creates a challenging environment for its vines. In fact, the region is named for the Italian expression, “a pluvia,” meaning “lack of rain.”

    Puglia’s Mediterranean climate and iron-rich, calcareous soils support the indigenous Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero di Troia. Primitivo produces an inky, spicy, brambly and ripe red wine whose best expression comes from Manduria. Nero di Troia produces tannic, rustic reds from Castel del Monte DOC while Negroamaro, typically blended with Malvasia nera, plays a large part in may blends made throughout the peninsula.

    Puglia produces a small amount of white wines as well, predominantly made of the fruity, Trebbiano Toscano, or light, Bombino bianco grapes.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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