Wine: 2002 Duca Bortini di Montebello Squinzano Rione dei Dogi
Producer: Duca Bortini di Montebello
Designation: Rione dei Dogi
I thought the wine was less fruity (sweet) than yesterdays Australian Cabernet Merlot blend. The flavour was quite strong, with a slightly bitter after tone. Smooth, and not very dry.
Very hard to find specific information about this wine. I was unable to find any specific winery it could have been produced at. The brand name appears to be Rione dei Dogi, and it seems to be bottled and/or produced by Duca Bortini Di Montebello but they dont list it amongst their brands.
Classification: DOC (1976)
Area Description: Red clay and sand over limestone soil in the coastal plain of the Salentine Peninsula between Lecce and Brindisi.
Description: Ruby red with deep orange highlights.
Type: Dry still
Taste: Dry, sapid, tannic when young.
Aroma: Intense, of wine.
Aging: Three years plus, laying. Minimum one year, six months of which should be in wood for the Riserva.
Temperature: Serve at 64º Fahrenheit, 18º Celsius.
Negroamaro, also Negro amaro, is a red wine grape variety native to southern Italy. It is grown almost exclusively in Puglia and particularly in Salento, the peninsula which can be visualised as the “heel” of Italy. The grape can indeed produce wines very deep in color. Wines made from Negroamaro tend to be very rustic in character, combining perfume with an earthy bitterness. The grape produces some of the best red wines of Puglia, particularly when blended with the highly scented Malvasia Nera, as in the case of Salice Salentino.