2019 Masca del Tacco Luli Appassite Puglia

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  • 98 Points ~Luca Maroni
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About the Wine 

Lu’li Appasite is obtained from slightly dried grapes, this method is a very ancient winemaking technique that consists in leaving the grapes on the plant until they’re fully mature and start to lose water, this in order to concentrate the sugars and flavors. Originating in the Valpolicella region of the Veneto, this method contributes to a richer, more concentrated must, that delivers a robust wine filled with notes of chocolate, cocoa, and sweet red fruits, a sensual Southern Italian wine. Lu’li celebrates Puglia’s tradition, culture, and terroir.

Italy's star continues to rise in the wine world, and Puglia is one to watch. According to Wine Spectator, the future of this beautiful southern region (also known as the “Tuscany of the South”) looks increasingly bright thanks to the fact that “producers are upgrading and investing in vineyards and winery infrastructure and embracing new philosophies and techniques.”

Puglia is a land filled with traditions, culture, alluring landscapes, pristine nature, amazing food, and most importantly, amazing wine producers, like Masca del Tacco. The estate was founded in 2010 when Felice Mergè bought and restored a century-old building.

Owners and winemakers, Manlio and Felice Mergè perfectly combine traditional winemaking with modern state-of-the-art technology, with a simple yet powerful goal in mind: “honor the tradition, identity, and terroir, delivering outstanding wines made with passion, commitment, and experience.” 

The huge vineyard extends for more than 500 acres and is planted with vines with an average age of 50+ years. Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Lambrusco, and the kings of the region: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Fiano, and Susumaniello are planted on the estate. The beautiful terroir is enriched by the warmth of the land and the sea influence of the Salentina peninsula.

Masca del Tacco's amazing high quality has paid off and in the past years, it has gained the heart of some of the world's major wine critics, including the world-renowned Italian critic, Luca Maroni, who year after year awards these wines with 95+ scores.

Tasting Notes: Negroamaro and other red varieties from the region. Intense deep ruby red. Wild berries on the nose, red flowers, aromatic herbs, humus, and eucalyptus. Very fruity, well-balanced, mouth-filling with great persistence. Lovers of the Prisoner, will be thrilled to drink this wine.


 ~98 Luca Maroni, Guide to Italy's Best Wines

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