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Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red in color, this wine offers an intense and complex nose with successive notes of red fruit and dried fruit, spice, herbs, and balsamic sensations. An elegant wine with firm tannins, a very important structure, balance and a round texture -- as well as a lengthy and persistent finish and aftertaste.

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WS 91
Wine Spectator
An elegant, medium-bodied red, with fine-grained tannins structuring the expressive palate of brambly berry, cherry, star anise, dried thyme and mineral flavors. Long and supple on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2025.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Castel del Monte Aglianico Bocca di Lupo is a delicious wine as always. The core of the wine rests firmly on a thick foundation of dark fruit and dried cherry. Those primary tones are backed by abundant cinnamon, tobacco and allspice. The oak tones still need time to integrate but having said that, the wine is gorgeous and powerful nonetheless.
JS 90
James Suckling
Firm and silky aglianico with some pepper and dried-meat character. Medium body and a delicate finish. Just a hint of austerity gives it more interest. Drink now.
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Tormaresca, Italy
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A wonderful joining of classic winemaking and modern viticultural techniques, these exceptional wines are crafted from 100% estate grown fruit, a rarity among Puglian wines. Tormaresca is the only producer with vineyards in both of Puglia’s two elite winegrowing sub-regions: Salento and Castel del Monte DOC.


The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties. Bocca di Lupo is located in the Castel del Monte DOC of northern Puglia. It offers an ideal growing environment for Chardonnay, Aglianico and Cabernet Sauvignon. Masseria Maime is located on the Salento peninsula in Southern Puglia. Its vineyards extend over half a mile along the Adriatic coast and are planted with Negroamaro, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

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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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Making its home in the mountainous southern Italy, Aglianico is a bold red variety that is late to ripen and often spends until November on the vine. It thrives in Campania as the exclusive variety in the age-worthy red wine called Taurasi. Aglianico also has great success in the volcanic soils of Basilicata where it makes the robust, Aglianico del Vulture. Somm Secret—The name “Aglianico” bears striking resemblance to Ellenico, the Italian word for "Greek," but no evidence shows it has Greek ancestry. However, it first appeared in Italy around an ancient Greek colony located in present-day Avellino, Campania.

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