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Primitivo Critera by Schola Sarmenti 2013

Primitivo Critera

by Schola Sarmenti 2013

Producer : Schola Sarmenti

Region : Italy (Italy), Puglia (Italy)

Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750 ml

Tasting Notes

This wine is produced from 25 year old bush vines harvested by hand. Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish. Drink now, but be sure to save a few bottles to see how it develops.


Bottles Per Case 12 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Schola Sarmenti
Region Italy (Italy), Puglia (Italy)
Alcohol 13.5% alc. / vol.
Style Warm and spicy reds
Vintage 2013
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes Primitivo
Wine Type Red
Price of Case $263.40

The Producer

Schola Sarmenti

Schola Sarmenti, an ancient winery established in the 1850s, remained abandoned for the majority of the past five decades. Recently, under the careful supervision of the new proprietors, Alessandro Calabrese and Lorenzo Marra, it underwent an extensive three-year restoration. The duo successfully revived not only the winery's former glory as a symbol of Apulian winemaking but also preserved a significant piece of Salentine architecture. The structure boasts precious star-shaped vaults crafted from limestone and walls constructed from the local Leccese stone.

Lorenzo's objective is to produce wines that authentically reflect their terroir, culture, and cuisine. This is achieved through the harvest of grapes from old vines, some reaching up to 70 years, utilizing traditional trellising methods (resulting in vines resembling bushes, typical for Puglia), and minimizing, if not entirely eschewing, the use of oak influence. Situated on the southern interior tip of Italy's boot, the vineyards are just a brief 10-minute drive from the sea. Beneath sunny, hot, and arid skies, the vines flourish in soils abundant with marine fossils. Since 2009, the entire production has been carried out using organic farming practices. The winery is built upon a foundation of key principles: Tradition, dedication, anticipation, and hope.


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