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Castello Monaci - Aiace Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2014


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Terroir: Aiace is sourced from select parcels of old vine Negroamaro and Malvasia surrounding the winery. Vines average between 40-60+ years old. The Negroamaro vines are trained in the traditional alberello (bush) method to protect the grapes from the harsh sunlight. Soils are made up of deep limestone, sand and clay.

Vinification: Harvest occurs as the grapes reach perfect maturity typically during the last week of September. Following a strict sorting, the grapes are lightly crushed and loaded into stainless steel tanks where they will macerate at low temperatures for a period of two weeks. Following malolactic fermentation and blending the young wines are aged for 12 months in a combination of 1 year old and older French oak. A final blending occurs followed by an additional six months of maturation in large neutral barrels, six more months in stainless steel and finally six months in bottle before release.

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Additional Details edit

The 2014 Aiace has a deep ruby color with an intense nose of full, jammy fruit. The wine is lively on the palate dominated by flavors of raspberry, blackberry and spice.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Puglia
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  • Sustainability: Certified Sustainable, DNV-GL
  • Soil: Clay, Sand, Limestone
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  • Avg Vine Age: 40-60 years
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  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 3.65 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 4 g/l
  • Avg Production: 5,000 bottles
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera di Lecce

Recent News edit

Wine Spectator Rating: 90

Author: Alison Napjus

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017

Plum cake and baked raspberry flavors are accented by oak spice and licorice snap notes in this grippy, medium- to full-bodied red. Bright and expressive, with a lingering, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2019 through 2024.