The Castello Monaci Artas Primitivo is sourced from vineyards surrounding the ancient Castello Monaci estate. The dry, limestone-based soils combine with alberello-trained vines and the hot arid climate to produce remarkably low yields and extraordinarily rich wines.
Harvest is done at night to avoid exposing the picked grapes to the intense heat of the southern sun. The grapes are macerated at cold temperature for 15+ days with frequent pumping over of the must to encourage rich extraction of flavor and color. Following fermentation the wine is aged for 6 months in French oak and other 6 months in casks followed by an additional 6 months in bottle prior to release. 9,500 bottles produced.
The 2013 Castello Monaci Artas is explosively rich and layered with ripe, sun-drenched berry fruit, black pepper spice and smoky oak. - Winery
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The 2013 Primitivo Artas opens to a dark garnet color and thick concentration. The wine presents a mildly sweet bouquet with a generous supply of ripe fruit, dried cherry and blackberry preserves. Artas is chewy and rich in terms of texture with lingering tones of tobacco and jammy fruit on the close. In true Primitivo style, the finish is sticky and sweet. Heads up on the alcohol: the wine's technical sheets put it at a whopping 16.5%. - Robert Parker 91 Points
The refined tannins are well-meshed with fresh acidity and a subtle streak of minerality in this harmonious, medium-bodied red. The plush palate offers sappy cherry, dried marjoram, tea rose and orange peel notes. Drink now through 2023. 175 cases imported.–AN - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points