This month we are making our Wine Club trip to Puglia, Italy. We are delighted to present these amazing wines from the Antinori Family   Tormaresca line.  All Tormaresca wines are crafted with 100% estate-grown fruit. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  Cheers!

Torcicoda Primitivo Salento IGT   2015

Intense ruby red in color with purple highlights. Red fruit aromas of black cherries, cherries preserved in spirits and plums merge with hints of licorice and delicate notes of candied fruit. Palate soft generous entry. This wine has good structure with a balanced and elegant tannic profile.

91 Points ~ James Suckling


Food Pairings
  • Roasted beef
  • Grilled lamb chops
  • Sliced cured meats
Calafuria Rosato Salento IGT        2018

Peonia Pink in color.  Aromas are intense and delicate with fragrant notes of pomegranate, peach and grapefruit along with floral notes, particularly violets. In the mouth initially soft with a pleasurable crispness followed by delicately savory sensations and much balance with the aromatic persistence.



Food Pairings
  • Quiche
  • Grilled fish
  • Pasta with seafood
Primitivo Puglia IGT 2016

Ruby red in color with generous aromas of red fruit and jam along with hints of violet and sweet spice. The palate is ample and supple with well-balanced tannins that lead to a long, persistent finish.


Food Pairings
  • Roast Leg of lamb
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Roasted Chicken

Named for the region’s ancient seaside towers overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Tormaresca adds a fresh dimension to Italy’s world-class wine landscape. Indeed, it is the only producer with vineyards in both of Puglia’s elite winegrowing regions.  The Bocca di Lupo estate is located within the Castel del Monte DOC, while the Masseria Maìme estate is in the Salento area, the pulsing heart of this vibrant winemaking region. Tormaresca leads Puglia’s modern renaissance by combining classic winemaking with the latest viticulture techniques to create exceptional wines just waiting to be discovered. All Tormaresca wines are crafted with 100% estate-grown fruit.

Bocca di Lupo occupies 250 acres of chalky soil at an elevation of 800 feet above sea level in Murgia, near the volcano Vulture. Blessed with abundant sunshine and warm temperatures, the vineyard’s Chardonnay, Aglianico, Fiano, Moscato, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes flourish, producing wines with fresh, vibrant, and elegant flavors.  Masseria Maìme estate’s 625 acres extend over half a mile along the Adriatic coast, providing an ideal growing environment for Negroamaro, Primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Fiano. Together, these estates enable Tormaresca to cultivate both exceptional native and international varietals in the heart of Puglia.

Primitivo is a dark-skinned grape known for producing inky, tannic wines. Although there have been contentious and long-running debates about the variety’s geographical origins, there is little question that Primitivo’s modern-day home is in southern Italy, particularly Puglia. It probably arrived there from the coastal vineyards of Croatia where it is still grown today. In the early 19th Century, the variety was introduced to the United States, under the name Zinfandel. It proved extremely successful there, earning a reputation as the American ‘national grape’. It caused significant consternation on both sides of the Atlantic when DNA analysis proved that Zinfandel and Primitivo were indeed the same variety.



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