Apulia,  Puglia,  Rosé

It’s Primavera, Perfect for Tramari Rosé of Primitivo

Primitivo can be Crisp and Refreshing too!

Primavera, or spring, in Italian, is so much more than the end of the winter season.  Primavera or spring signals life, rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation.  Spring is a time for longer sunlight hours and warmer weather. Animals come out of hibernation and nature follows suit by growing and flourishing. Flora and fauna emerge everywhere. While flowers are growing and birds are singing, winelovers are thinking about wines to reinvigorate their palate.  I found just the thing-Tramari Rosé of Primitivo.
Tramari Rosé of Primitivo is produced by Cantine San Marzano of Puglia. San Marzano is a village located in the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region of Salento, Puglia. The cantina was founded in 1962, even before the DOC existed.  To this day, San Marzano continues to produce fantastic, award-winning wines in the heart of Puglia. In fact, Tramari Rosé of Primitivo was awarded the Gambero Rosso BereBene award and many others. Their Anniversario 62 Primitivo di Mandura Riserva is also a favorite.
Rosé or rosato, is important in Puglia, as Puglia is one of Italy’s major producers of rosé.  Moreover, Puglia continues to serve as a benchmark for Italian rosato. Apulia adopted this form of wine production from the ancient Greeks, who employed the lacrima, or teardrop drip-pressing method, which called for minimal skin contact. Although these “lagrimas” were initially drunk at home, they eventually shifted to be commercially produced in bulk. Today, Apulian rosatos are made via the salasso or tank-beeding method and are a big category in Puglia. Additionally, it is usually produced with the Negro Amaro grape. Bombino Nero is more commonly used in northern and central Puglia. Typically, rosé from Salento is darker and tends to be fuller, richer and higher in alcohol.  Tramari Rosé of Primitivo is definitely delicious, but not typical.

In the case of this rosé, the name, Tramari, refers to the location of the production area.  Salento “comes from the light and the winds of our summers, between the two seas of the Salento.”  The mineral influence of the Ionian and Adriatic seas is evident.  Tramari is made from 100% Primitivo from thin clay soil with rocks.  This rosé is fermented in stainless steel tanks, which lends to its crisp, fresh nature. A delicate, cotton-candy pink in color, Tramari has intense aromas of cherry and raspberry, with a smooth, rich, clean palate. Tramari rosé is delightful by itself as an aperitivo, or with roasted fish. It is pretty versatile to pair with several other dishes as well, including roasted chicken, salads and seafood.

Tramari truly delivers and is a perfect expression of just how versatile primitivo can be. While this rosé is a great choice for spring or summer, it would be delightful any time of the year.  Ideally, I would sip Tramari Rosé of Primitivo on the beach. There’s just something harmonious about the breeze in my hair and this refreshing pink drink on my palate.

Be sure to check out San Marzano’s Tramari Rosé of Primitivo!

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