The palate has a touch of spice, somewhat Syrah like, to balance the black fruit and ripe tannins - a wonderful balance of sweet ripeness and bitterness typical of Negro Amaro. Perfectly balanced and very appealing.
Founded in 1943, this family owned producer owns 600 hectares over three estates in the Salento peninsula. Vineyards cover 170 hectares, the rest are planted with a plethora of other agricultural crops, including some of the oldest olive groves in the country. Supported by viticulturalist Donato Lazzari, the Vallone sisters produce wines consistently rated amongst the best in Puglia. Agricole Vallone has two different winemaking facilities, each with the most advanced, up-to-date equipment. The Flaminio estate, near Brindisi, houses the cellar where all the wines are vinified, while the Copertino cellar, in the province of Lecce, carries out the process of maturation in oak, both large 'botti' and small French oak barrels. Both 2001 and 2003 vintages of Graticciaia were awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' in the Gambero Rosso 'Wines of Italy' guide, one of only 7 wines in Puglia to receive Italy's most high profile wine accolade.
2006 Vintage: "Rich and vibrant with just the right amount of spice, liquorice and herbaceous lavender and floral notes. Lively acidity and integrated, elegant tannins round off a well-liked and great-value wine" Sommelier Wine Awards 2010, Judges comments
Grapes: Negroamaro 90%, Malvasia Nera 10%