Tasting Notes The 2012 Morggicchio is intensely ruby red in color. It shows aromas of ripe red fruits, like plum and cherry, with hints of balsamic, mint, licorice and chocolate. On the palate it is rich, warm and soft with balanced acidity and elegant tannins.

Vintage • The evolution of autumn and winter was characterized by the presence of rainfalls and low temperatures. This favored good water reserves. • Spring was quite mild, the nice days and the high temperatures favored the development of the canopy and clusters. • From June onwards temperatures reached the highest peaks. The following months were characterized by a lack of summer rainfalls that favored an ideal maturation of the grapes. • The harvest of Negroamaro continued until the second decade of September.

Vineyard History • The Masseria Maìme estate, located in Puglia, is an example of both innovation and tradition: Old growth systems typical in Puglia, such as the alberello (vines trained to resemble a small bush) and new vineyards grown in trellised rows. • The mild climate, due to the vineyards’ proximity to the coast, and the poor, rocky soil are ideal for the production of grapes. • The vineyards are nourished with irrigation systems, necessary to guarantee the correct vegetative growth cycle and optimal maturation of the grapes. • The Negroamaro grapes for this wine come from the Masseria Maime estate, using the cordon training system.

Vinification • The grapes were picked at the optimal degree of ripeness and vinified in thermo-conditioned stainless steel tanks for at least 15 days. • The wine is placed into French and Hungarian oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and aging for 9 months. • After 12 months of further refinement in the bottle, the wine was released.