August Imported Wine: 2013 Palamà Arcangelo Salento Rosato, Puglia, ITALY
The Palamà family vineyard was founded by Arcangelo Palamà in 1936. A family of Greek origins, they settled in Italia about two thousand years ago, and have been making wine ever since. The Palamà’s are also beloved and accomplished restaurateurs, icons in their hometown, and for 70 years had only sold their wine in their restaurant–until Small Vineyards came knocking on their door. Now the winemaker is Ninì Palamà, son of Arcangelo, and a gregarious, larger than life character who sings spontaneously (and without warning!), and is known to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Those fruits, we might add, are really terrific. His wines are full-bodied, intense and unctuous, but with admirable restrained alcohol and tannins. In many ways, his wines capture the power of the South of Italia, and the elegance of the North. In fact, for us, there are few, if any, winemakers in Puglia making better wine. Due to his estate’s proximity to the sea, the value of Southern coastal reds is that they pair as readily with seafood as they will with hearty meats.
Pronunciation: Palamà (pah-lah-MAH)
Varietal: 100% Negroamaro
Alcohol: 13.0% by volume
Food Pairings: This wine is a great food wine! Pair with grilled foods, but even has enough freshness to pair with salads, cold seafood, and young cheeses. Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé!
Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “Deep, dark and bold. This is an intense rosé! Loaded with black cherry and raspberry. Great wine with antipasti, chicken, fish or even brunch foods. A great way to finish off the summer. Sit outside with a cold glass and enjoy!”-JL