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2022 Valle d’Itria Rosato “Le Rotaie”

I Pástini
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I, for one, had never tasted a Susumaniello before trying I Pástini’s rosato, made in the rocky area of Puglia known as the Valle d’Itria. It is one of several local heirloom grape varieties the Carparelli family is working to bring back to the mainstream after near abandonment. With its delicate floral nose, refreshingly crisp mouthfeel saturated with wild berry flavors, and lightly chalky finish, this wine is the ideal ambassador for the grape, the winery, and the entire region. I like a big glass served cold with a fresh tomato salad heaped with creamy burrata—a specialty of Puglia—plus any combination of shredded basil, salt-cured anchovies, and pitted black olives, depending on what is currently in the pantry.

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Susumaniello
Appellation: Valle d’Itria
Country: Italy
Region: Puglia
Producer: I Pástini
Winemaker: Gianni Carparelli
Vineyard: Planted in 2001
Soil: Red clay, limestone
Aging: Aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 to 6 months
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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About The Region

Puglia

Puglia

Puglia is Italy’s second most prolific wine-producing region (after the Veneto) and for decades was known as a source of bulk wine. But today, the heel of the boot is more than ever focused on quality, as ambitious growers seek to take advantage of the area's abundant natural riches to produce wines of character and identity. The hot, dry climate and marine influence from the long Adriatic coastline predispose Puglia to growing high-quality fruit, while a wealth of fascinating indigenous grape varieties thrive in these conditions. Changing fashion and a growing respect for the region's mostly calcareous terroirs have breathed fresh air into the Puglian wine scene, and with more than thirty distinct appellations, it is home to a tremendous variety of styles.

While the region is best known for inky, concentrated reds from grapes such as Primitivo and Negroamaro, the first KLWM Puglian imports are in fact white wines—aromatic charmers made from native varieties including Verdeca and the rare Minutolo. They hail from central Puglia’s Valle d’Itria, a plateau that shares a relatively flat topography and limestone soils with the Salento peninsula in the south. The north, in contrast, is hillier and features grapes more common to southern and central Italy including Montepulciano, Sangiovese, and Trebbiano.

Puglian wines are the product of intense southern sunshine and an ancient history of viticulture. With other local specialties including olive oil and burrata, the region has enormous potential for delicious combinations.

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Sampling wine out of the barrel.

When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:

1. Big wines do not age better than light wine.
2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration.
3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them.
4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would.
5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.

Inspiring Thirst, page 174

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