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Ares, 2012. Masseria Surani

Ares, 2012. Masseria Surani

Item #: V1117R2II
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Ares
Vineyard/Appellation: Rosso I.G.T., Italy
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Black Currant and Plum
Palate: Richly Textured Berry, Spice
Finish: Very Long with Hints of Cherry
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 13.0%

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This is a very unique wine in many ways. First of all, it comes from Puglia, located on the heel of the boot at the Southern tip of Italy. It is made from Primitivo, Negro Amaro (no surprise here) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Big surprise!

The other fascinating fact here is that Masseria Surani is owned by Tommasi in the Veneto, one of the greatest producers of Valpolicella and Amarone in the area. So, it is not a shock that this wine from this sleepy little village is no less than spectacular.

The heralded Tommasi estate was founded by Giacomo Tommasi in 1902. The winery is run by the 4th generation Tommasi and has grown to over 400 acres of prime vineyards in the Veneto.

Ares, their property in Puglia, encompasses nearly 200 acres just six miles from the coast. Here the warmth of the sun is mitigated by the ocean breezes, which allow the grapes to slowly mature extracting unmatched color and flavor.

Primitivo is known here as Zinfandel. It is often blended with Negro Amaro. Both are substantial grapes, which make big hearty reds. Cabernet is placed in the unlikely role of actually toning down the other two grapes, a position we've almost never encountered. The result is a mammoth wine with power and glory to spare. From the dense color and nose to the richly textured black the grand finish, it soars.

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