Ischia was known to the Greeks as Enaria - the land of the vines. And, the Italians knew it is a unique and special place for winemaking, so they awarded it the second DOC in 1966. Very small amounts of wines are produced in Ischia and an even smaller amount lands in the US. Grab this wine before it's gone.
Per E Palummo (pronounced as par a paloummo) is a way to call Piedirosso grape. The grape itself is black and dark and perhaps when people crushed the grapes with their feet in the past, they were left with "red feet". Another idea is that the stem itself has three red branches that look like a pigeon's foot.
Piedirosso is the everyday red wine in Ischia and along Campania's coast. If you've traveled to the region, you may have experienced the wine at the local enoteca. Or, you may have had this wine in a blended form with the more well known Aglianico, particularly from Taurasi.
At Tommasone they harvest the Piedirosso from their vineyards in Montezunta, Sant Angelo, and Serrana Fontana at the end of September early October. Spontaneous fermentation takes place in stainless steel. After the malolactic is done, the wine rests for 6 months before bottling. Ruby red with garnet hues this wine has ripe red and blackberries aromas that carries in the mouth with vibrant acidity. Great with tomato sauce dishes, fish soups, white meat, and roasted potatoes.
La Pietra di Tommassone is a historical Ischia island winery that ceased to operate when Tommaso Monti aka Tommasone died in the 80's. Antonio, Tommaso's son at the time was in Germany running a small hotel and restaurant. In 2000 he decided that was time to spend his efforts on the land and vines he inherited; La Pietra was back in business as Tommasone. Lucia, Antonio's daughter, took over the operation in the vineyards and in the winery in 2009. Born in Germany, she studied winemaking and practiced working in the Mosel and in Friuli. Passionate about the land of her family she won the respect and admiration of the locals.
Only about 5000 cases are produced. Some older vines are alberello "bush trees". The altitude (over 600ft), the soil - the typical "tufo Verde" green tufa - a siliceous calcareous and friable rock rich of phosphorus and potassium, coming from volcanic eruptions, plus clay sediments on the top. The constant presence of some breeze and - of course given the position - of the sun, are all indicators of high potential wines.
Tasting Notes: Alluring notes of leather, dark ripe red, and blackberry notes. The palate offers crisp black cherry and blackberry flavors accented by a touch of graphite and vibrant acidity. Pair this with pasta dishes topped with hearty sauces.
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