Masseria del Fauno
2011 Annata Sangiovese
Down to earth
Today’s Masseria del Fauno 2011 Annata Sangiovese is everything we’ve come to love in well-made Italian varietals. Simply put, there is something incredibly authentic and unpretentious about Italian wines that you don’t often find elsewhere.
Crafted in Puglia, which is located on the heel of the Italian boot, today’s wine is very reminiscent of the best offerings from Chianti. You will love how juicy red fruit and sweet terroir blend together to create one spectacular, easy drinking wine.
Please enjoy today’s wine with our heartiest recommendation. Abudanza!
Deep, dark sanguine red with glints of ruby throughout the glass.
A very complex nose, with deep red fruit of raspberry and wild strawberry blended with earthy notes of freshly tilled earth and sandalwood, trailed by dark spice hints of clove and anise. A subtle note of lavender carries through as well.
Beautifully reminiscent of rustic Southern Italy, with a terroir and strong authenticity that’s impossible to fake. Juicy fruit flavors of mulberry, wild strawberry, and boysenberry are framed by toasty oak, black peppercorn, clove, anise, espresso bean, and pomegranate herbal black tea.
A delightful wine to drink, with an earthy rusticity and pop of acidity that make it an absolute treat on its own or with your favorite Italian meal.
A homemade whole wheat pizza, with plenty of mozzarella and fresh Italian herbs and spices.
What the Winery Says
Our vines thrive among the cherry trees, taking nourishment from the land to produce a wine that is rich and deep with flavor. This ruby-red Sangiovese is fragrant, fruity, and velvety.
Wine Enthusiast Review This darkly concentrated Sangiovese from Puglia opens with ripe aromas of raspberry jam, maraschino cherry and sun-soaked lavender flower. There’s a sweetness you’ll identify on the finish that is enhanced by the wine’s chewy texture.
- Sabino Russo
- Puglia, Italy
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Sangiovese
- Soil Type
- Sandy and tufaceous
About the Winery
Sabino Russo is winemaker for Masseria del Fauno, Terramia, and Contemassi.
He is originally from Bari, in the Puglia region, but he now works and lives in Tuscany with his family—his wife, Chiara, and three children. Sabino is 36 years old and is very experienced; he is considered one of the rising stars of Italian winemaking.
He began his studies at a young age in the best college for oenology in Piedmont; and he completed his preparation in the finest wine university in Trentino, San Michele all’Adige. He gained experience working in the wine industry in Germany and in South Africa before coming to Tuscany.
Together with Piergiorgio Castellani, Sabino is responsible for the quality of the wine that you will enjoy. Sabino welcomes your comments on our wines. He is happy to learn from our customers and to be at the service of those who choose our wines.
SABINO RUSSO, Interview by Mark Mazur, Wine Enthusiast
You started to apply yourself to oenology when you were very young. Where have you gained your first experiences?
I remember the wine-harvests in the summer in Puglia. In the shadow under the wide-spreading tendrils, I was standing on a wooden case, cutting off the grapes, surrounded by cheerful people, chatting in dialect. I was a little boy then. My grandfather owned around 200 hectares of vineyards in the province of Foggia, and a small cellar. I owe him the passion for my job, which I cultivated later on through my studies. At the age of 13, I started to attend one of the most important Institutes of Oenology in Italy, the Oenological School Umberto I in Alba (Piedmont), directed by the famous prof. W. Salati. The fog of this typical area called “Langhe” and the students’ spirit have definitely consolidated my passion. I continued my studies in San Michele all’Adige, where for 3 years and a half I absorbed the scientific rigor through a first -rate teaching. My staying in Trento gave me the opportunity to gain experience in the field of “extreme viticulture” in the Mosel and Ahr valleys, where I attended the Geisenheim University.
At the age of only 27, you took upon yourself the responsibility for the technical management of one of the most important Italian wine-producing companies. How did you achieve such a result?
After some international experiences in Europe and South Africa, I was chosen to work as the Oenologist’s assistant at Castellanis in Tuscany. Working in Tuscany can be considered as the final destination in an oenologist’s career. I was given this opportunity at the beginning: I took upon myself growing responsibilities, enriching progressively my technical competences and professional experiences. Finally, this has led me to be in charge of the technical management of the company.
Today not only do I run the cellars and the bottling plant in Santa Lucia, but I’m also the technical supervisor of the wine-cellars of Burchino estate, situated in the hilly area of Pisa, and of the Campomaggio estate at Radda in Chianti, and work together with the agronomists on the management of the family-controlled vineyards.
What are the most important aspects of your work?
My highest ambition as an oenologist is the achievement of such an expressiveness in the wines, which is never plain or homologated, but representative, as much as possible, of the territory and its culture. Most of my care is devoted to finding this expressiveness in historical vines, as for example the Sangiovese, which, although it is one of the greatest Italian vines, often generates wines without a precise identity.
Rediscovering minor vines and, if convenient, making good use of woods, can serve to enrich vines such as the Sangiovese, the Nebbiolo and the Primitivo, just to name a few. Not only do they express the history of the great Italian regions, but they grant, now more than ever, new vigor to the entire Italian viticulture, defending its primary role against the upcoming of the great commercial phenomena of the new world.