Appassimento Rosso IGT “Campi Rudi”
Region: Puglia Appellation: IGT Producer: Azienda Agricola Vezzani
Grapes: Sangiovese, Nero di Troia, Negroamaro, and Primitivo
Origin: The vineyards are located in the Leverano region, a few kilometers from the Ionian Sea.
Vinification, aging, and description: Appassimento translates to drying the grapes, allowing the water in the grapes to slowly evaporate. This process concentrates sugars and flavors in the grapes (and consequently in the final wine). Harvest takes place in the second half of October after a short appassimento method. When the grapes are ripe, the stems of the grape clusters are broken, and the grapes continue to dry in the sun. After harvest, the grape clusters are destemmed, and the grapes are gently crushed. They then undergo a long skin maceration. Subsequently, alcoholic fermentation is initiated at a low temperature in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine has an intense deep red color with purple nuances. The nose is complex and fruity, with hints of plum, cherry, and licorice. The finish reveals fruity notes of cherry, strawberry, and wild berries with a refreshing touch. It is a true pleasure to both smell and taste this wine.
Pairing: This wine pairs excellently with a variety of meat dishes. It is delightful with creamy pasta and mushroom risotto. Undoubtedly, this robust wine with 15% alcohol content shines best with a fine piece of meat for the barbecue or with powerful and ripe cheeses. However, it is also a true indulgence to share with friends, and in the summer, it can be enjoyed lightly chilled.