Tormaresca was created in 1998 by the Antinori family, with the conviction that the Puglia region of southern Italy could produce great wine thanks to millennia-old viticultural traditions, a great richness of grape varieties, and favorable soils and climate. The Tormaresca estate is composed of two properties: one in Minervino Murge (Bari) a 247 acre estate located in the Castel del Monte D.O.C. region, 40 miles from the Adriatic Sea; the other property is a 1,235 acre estate near San Pietro Vernotico, closer to the sea in the Salento DOC region. This wine was produced using selected grapes from the Masseria Máme vineyards in San Pietro Vernotico. The grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Maceration occurred at temperatures at or below 80F and lasted between eight and ten days. Malolactic fermentation was completed by the end of winter, after which the the wine was aged for eight months in stainless steel. The wine completed another four months of aging in the bottle before being released. It shows notes of black cherry, blackberry, plum and hazelnut as well as hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is fruity and engaging with well-balanced, integrated tannins.