Maru Negroamaro Salento IGT 2015

Castello Monaci


The term “Maru” translates into dark or severe and correctly describes some of the characteristics of Puglia’s native Negroamaro grape.

Terroir: The Castello Monaci Maru Negroamaro is sourced from estate vineyards surrounding the 16th century winery. This varietal is typically harvested in early September.

Vinification: The fruit is hand-harvested at dawn to preserve sugar levels and avoid the heat of the sun. Each parcel is vinified separately in small stainless steel tanks followed by blending and then 6 months aging in 75% stainless steel and 25% 2nd and 3rd use French oak. 80,000 bottles produced.

Additional Information

Intense dark berry and spicy aromas, round and ripe on the palate with an excellent structure.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Puglia
  • Sustainability: Certified Sustainable, DNV-GL
  • Soil: Clay, Limestone
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Avg Production: 80,000 bottles
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Negroamaro

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
    A balanced, medium-bodied red, showing light tannins sculpting the creamy cherry and strawberry fruit flavors, with subtle accents of smoke, mocha and spice. Drink now through 2021.
  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Friday, September 16, 2016
    The Castello Monaci 2015 Negroamaro Maru shows a more contained and sophisticated side next to the estate's Primitivo. The bouquet is grand in appeal and presentation, yet this wine reveals a tighter fabric with firm stitching that holds it together. The effect is almost seamless. Dark berry, plum, espresso bean and toasted spice are all part of this vinous ensemble. A pretty blast of red cherry appears on the close. Maru delivers incredible value and is worth seeking out.

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