Rocca dei Mori
Its inviting aromas resemble ripe red fruit, with spicy notes of black pepper and clove, and with delicate undertones of coffee. It is intense, well-structured and round in the mouth, with good tannins. Its long aftertaste is dominated by a persistent fruity note.
Food pairing: best drunk withgrilled or roastedred meats, meat hashes, oven-baked lamb, savoury and mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 20 °C
Recommended glass: a large bowl-shaped glass with an inward-curved rim: the wine can fully breathe, and the glass can be held better in hands. It will help the temperature rise gradually, and aid in the release of the complex fragrances of more structured wines.
Ageing: 24 months in French oak barriques, 12 months in bottles.
Colour: very intense ruby-red, with garnet reflections.
Alcohol: about 14-15%
The growing season in the Castel del Monte area, where the Bocca di Lupo vineyards are located, had two distinct phases: the first, from March to July, was characterized by rather cool weather with frequent rainfall, phenomenon which caused some delay in plant and grape growth and development, while the second, beginning in early August, hot and dry and lasting all the way through the harvest itself, assisted in a full and complete recovery of the previous delay and an excellent ripening of the crop. The picking of the Aglianico grapes in the proprietary vineyards of the estate began on October 5th and continued up to the 20th of the month with high level results in terms of grape quality. The 2011 vintage will surely be considered one of the finest of all for the qualitative excellent of the wines produced.
Puer Apuliae or “Son of Puglia”: so was called Frederick II of Swabia, the 13th century Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire who loved this region so much that he had the Castel del Monte, his most incredible and mysterious monument, built here, leaving an indelible memorial for the whole of humanity. Thus we called this wine Puer Apuliae, for being the child of the most representative indigenous black grape variety in central Puglia: Nero di Troia.