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A MONARCH EXCLUSIVE
2012 Bruna 'Pulin' Rosso The Bold and Beautiful From The Ligurian Coast
Italy does it again! Yet another new red wine discovery that stopped me in my tracks and amazed me with its singularity.
For the first three years of my career, the only wines I knew were French. The restaurant I worked for at the time, Keith McNally's Balthazar, strictly adheres to a French-only list. It wasn't until McNally decided to open his first Italian restaurant in the West Village, Morandi, that I became acquainted with Italian wines. Tasked with designing a list that represented each of Italy's 20 different regions, I took this daunting challenge on proudly and delved deep into the country's storied vinous history.
It's been over 10 years since those early days, and I'm still just scratching the surface of Italy's vastness and diversity, a fact which becomes apparent each time I taste a wine like todays Exclusive.
After all this time, and countless wines tasted, I'm still encountering the BRAND NEW. Eye-opening, fascinating and unique. Experiencing this yet again, just a week ago with today's wine, I took one sip and bought the lot of it.
Today, I'm proud to offer the only bottles of 2012 Bruna 'Pulin' Rosso in South Carolina!
2012 Bruna 'Pulin' Rosso - $39.99
Special newsletter price - $34.99
To order, reply directly to this email or call me at 843.576.4845
Francesca and her husband Roberto Bruna cultivate their vineyards in a river valley just 15km from the Mediterranean. The air and the light feel maritime, as the valley funnels cool air and moisture from the sea to the vines. It's a rustic valley, untouched, with groves of ancient olive trees on the steep slopes, terraced vineyards, and small plantations of peach and persimmon trees.
Theirs is a tiny 7.5 hectare estate consisting of 6 vineyard plots, all planted on terraced vineyards carved out of the mountainside. Production is a mere 3000 cases spread over seven different wines. All farming is organic and fermentations use native yeasts. But perhaps most important, is the commitment to the indigenous, local grape varieties of Vermentino, Pigato, and today's wine: Granaccia. This is their smallest production wine and therefore extremely limited.
A blend of 70% Granaccia (a local clone of Grenache), along with 20% Syrah and 10% Barbera from vines planted in 1999. The wine is aged in used French oak barrels for 13 months, with an additional 11 months in bottle before release. "Pulin" means "last born" in local dialect, as this wine is aged longer than any other Bruna wines and released later.
Dark, opaque purple and red in the glass. Punchy aromas of black cherry, raspberry, sage and a touch of pepper. The palate is crisp and vivid with salty minerals buttressing dark fruits finishing with sappy concentration. WHAT A WINE!