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Well-Heeled: Wines from Puglia, Italy’s Boot

Flanked by the Adriatic, Puglia (pronounced PU-LEE-UH) has a varied climate. Beginning at sea level, the region climbs to 400 meters above the ocean, ending in what is known, in Italy, as “Gioia del Colle,” or the Jewel of the Colle. Like the land, the wines of Puglia are also diverse. While many of the wines of the region are meant for everyday consumption and hold a reputation for accessibility and affordability, there are plenty of wines from this slice of Italy that are terroir-driven and thought-provoking. The signature varietal of the region is Primitivo, thought to be the genetic ancestor of American Zinfandel. Considered an inky, full-bodied red, this varietal is, in fact, deeply mutable, ranging from rich, tannic iterations to finer, more crystalline versions—as expressed in the Fatalone winery’s Primitivo—that pair surprisingly well with the region’s notable seafood. The region is home, too, to the appellation Salice Salentino, based on the Negroamaro grape that comes from the Salento, or the peninsula that constitutes Italy’s heel. In the past, Puglia might have held its footing in the wine world for its easy, pizza-compatible reds, but today, the region has expanded to include reputable whites and sparklers and is also home to a host of artisanal producers that are creating fresh, noteworthy expressions from familiar grapes.

 
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Primitivo "Teres", Fatalone - 2013

Red | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
A pale, unoaked Primitivo that drinks with ease - especially with a slight chill. Teres displays pretty red raspberries and almond aromas. Youthful, with balanced acidity and notes of warm spices. Pair with herb roasted chicken salad or rosemary coated sheep milk cheese.

Item #25583
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Negroamaro "Renata Fonte", Salento Rosso - 2011

Red | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
A wild, musky red wine from Apulia, the state in Italy known as the "heel" on the map. Full of sapid, pulpy black fruits. A fine match with mushroom orecchiette pasta or grilled vegetables doused in olive oil. Aged in large, old tonneau for a year before bottling.

Item #29208
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Selvato Rosso, Colli della Murgia - 2009

Red | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
The warm Mediterranean and the landscape at Colli della Murgia renders this Aglianico and Primitivo blend with red berries, warm spices and a solid backbone that will complement any number of rich, Italian dishes -- especially those based on meats.

Item #23978
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Galetto Sparkling Rosé, Colli della Murgia - NV

Rosé | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
Our first sparkling Aglianico that's dry on the palate yet very fruit-driven. This has a good amount of body and is soft and accessible. A pretty sparkling wine with a copper hue that will work well as an apéritif wine or as the wine for dinner.

Item #23977
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NegroAmaro Salento, Angiuli Donato - 2013

Red | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
The southern Italian region of Apulia offers a plethora of wines and foods that are to die for. This red wine fits the bill as an everyday style if you're looking for a red with easy, dark fruit aromas and some tannins.

Item #31099
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Primitivo "Ala Rossa," Cantina di Sava - 2013

Red | Italy, Apulia, Salento | (750 )mL
A luscious, exotic, spicy red wine made from the Primitivo grape. This is deep ruby in color, exudes dark fruits, and a fresh mineral edge that keeps the wine in balance. After a long maceration (one month) the grapes are fermented in cement vats with ambient yeasts.

Item #31168
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Bianco Spinomarino, Fatalone - 2013

White | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
From within Gioia del Colle comes this Greco with a heady scent of grapes in flower. Accessible with a pleasantly balanced texture, a friendly partner to fried foods, seafood appetizers, grilled vegetables. Also a daring pairing with white pizzas.

Item #25582
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Salice Salentino "Torre Nova", Natalino del Prete - 2012

Red | Italy, Apulia | (750 )mL
From a small commune in Apulia, the wines are robust, rustic, and full of character. Aromas of game and dark-berried fruit are met with a rustic, lively edge.

Item #29771
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Salice Salentino, Apollonio - 2007

Red | Italy, Apulia, Salice Salentino | (750 )mL
A variety of impressions: Plush texture overlaid with dark berries, black licorice, covered with handfuls of fennel dust. a plate or warming winter beans and pork. A wonderful choice for any of Italy's rustic pasta dishes.

Item #26395
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