Negroamaro–Puglia’s Intriguing Beauty – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

Growing primarily in Puglia—the boot hill of Italy; there is a wine grower in Mendocino County. Negroamaro —Amaro an Italian word coming from the Greek meaning bitter and Negro from the Italian meaning black— the color of the grape.   Maru is a root word with Merum which was a wine brought to Puglia by the Greeks.  After the Roman Empire  decline this grape was kept alive in Benedictine and Greek Orthodox monasteries in Puglia. There is a DNA linkage to Verdicchio and Sangiovese but the exacting of that relationship is unknown.

There are different combinations of Negroamaro in DOC or IGT wines; latest estimates for this wine is that there ar 16,760 hectares / 41,000 acres in 2000 down from 31,000 hectares / 75,000 ares on a previous listed number. Wine writer Oz Clark calls this a “rather odd tasting grape” but certainly do not agree.  It is a varietal that is markedly unique and certainly stands out in the crowd–sublimely dry – dark black / red fruit notes, and gracious acid structure.  Can go with many foods—from seafood to steak, from burgers to Bolognese. Seek this wine out– a fantastically lyrical wine and optimum to pair with food but makes a wondrous stand-alone wine.

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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.
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