Masseria Li Veli Susumaniello 2018

Susumaniello|Salento, Puglia

Susumaniello (soo-soo-mahn-YELLO) is one of Puglia's lesser-known but prized varieties, responsible for strapping, robust, fruity reds. 

Masseria Li Veli is a historic farm and winery in Salento in Puglia – the limestone fossil-studded southern "heel" of Italy's boot. Their site boasts over two millennia of Greek, Roman and Italian history – it's been continuously inhabited since at least the third century B.C.!. Their "Askos" series pays homage to the area's Greek roots and ancient Italian varieties.

This is one of the most pleasurable drinking experiences from the first pull of the cork. Witnessing it evolve from its wild raspberry, rose petal, and plummy notes and unfold into red pepper, blood orange, smoked meat, and black plum. 

While some producers are experimenting with non-native varieties, this Susumaniello is an authentic Pugliese red, evocative of its sunny, dry landscape strewn with vines, olive trees, and wild scrub, relentlessly buffeted by the winds of the Adriatic. We love Italian reds like this for their shape-shifting abilities: it's without a doubt robust enough for the heartiest of cuisines yet light on its feet to enjoy acapella during these balmy waning summer nights. Drink now or cellar for an additional 3-5 years with lovely results!

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