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2005 Conti Zecca Nero
2005 Conti Zecca Nero

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Nero, made from 70% Negroamaro and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, was born by an intuition of the Zecca brothers who, in the Eighties, decided to introduce and taste on their own wine estates selected clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nero was commercialized for the first time in 1999 with the vintage 1997. The vintage 1998 was a great success, and the wine experts immediately looked at this red wine of Puglia as a novelty in the oenological regional and national outline for the combination between an Apulian native vine (Negroamaro) and an international vine (Cabernet Sauvignon) that made it one of the best red wines in Puglia.

Nero spends 18 months in new French barriques, 12 months in 30 hl. oak barrels and 6 months refined in bottle. It is an intense ruby red color with pleasant garnet highlights. The aromas are of tiny red fruit and spices with hints of vanilla and liquorice. The taste is soft and harmonic with matured tannins in a rich well structured body. The finish is persistent and makes this wine very good with pasta with meat or spiced sauces, roasted or grilled red meats and matured cheeses. A gorgeous blend of Cabernet and Negroamaro, this is one of Puglias best red wines. The Cabernet element adds accents of spice and blackberry and the Negroamaro grounds the robust wine to its territory. The tannins are tight and firm and suggest that Nero could do with a few years of bottle aging. Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points, Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Award Winner

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