The Felline winery was established in 1998 by the Perrucci family in Puglia, euphemistically known as "the heel of the boot," in southern Italy. For centuries Puglia was considered one of the least desirable wine areas in Italy. The intense heat produced coarse, alcoholic wines that were used to "strengthen" the weaker wines of the north.
That situation has not just changed, it has dramatically reversed. The principal grapes here, Primitivo (a.k.a. Zinfandel) and Negroamaro, are now international stars. The wines are served in many of the most exclusive restaurants and hotels in the world. Much of this is due to the dedication of people like the Perruccis. They have contributed to the worldwide interest in these grapes due to the quality of their wines.
Alberello is a blend of equal parts Primitivo and Negroamaro. The calcareous soil mixed with iron and nutrients is perfect for growing these two grapes, and it obviously shows in the wine. Felline's Primitivo vines average almost 60 years old and the Negroamaro 15 years. These mature vines produce very dense and flavorful grapes, the likes of which are seldom seen even here.
The final wine is a heady mixture of power and glory. The Primitivo is aged in new oak barrels to introduce spice and vanilla into the mix. The Negroamaro adds deep color and complexity to the blend, making this selection one of the most popular in the region. And it all takes place in your glass.