Calcarious - A Sample Case
Based in Apricena, Gargano National Park - the first mining centre in the south, where limestone is the distinctive element of the terroir.
Thanks to the close relationship with her land, Valentina Passalacqua has adopted an organic agronomic approach from the beginning and, following a long period of observation and study, has developed a deep knowledge of the terroir.
Valentina, after several years of production, felt the need to isolate some of the plots in their vineyards characterized by exclusively Kimmeridgian calcareous soil. Thus, the Calcarius project was born: terroir driven, mineral wines, tense and uncompromising. Indigenous varieties are bred on the farm which are the result of a historical-cultural contamination that has its roots in Magna Graecia: Nero di Troia, Bombino, Greco, Falanghina, Negroamaro and Aleatico above all. The approach is wisely noninterventionist.
Whites (2 of each)
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 BIANCO
100% Bombino Bianco. Strong wine with great character. The nose has notes of lemon, orange and pears. On the palate there’s a marked acidity typical of the grape, saline with lemon and pineapple. One litre bottle.
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 HELLEN BIANCO
100% Greco. A Greco with exceptional salinity that recalls ripe cedar and chalk. Great texture and personality that with refined energy on the palate.
Orange (2 of each)
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 ORANGE
100% Falanghina. Very fresh nose, it is an orange wine that recalls spring herbs and oriental spices; on the palate the salinity blends with the aftertaste of mandarin and orange. One litre bottle.
Rose (2 of each)
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 ROZ ROSATO
50% Nero di Troia and 50% Aleatico . Aleatico and Nero di Troia come together in a wine full of energy, with the rustic aroma of wild flowers and wild red fruits. On the palate, salinity and freshness of red fruits give a truly intriguing balance.
Red (2 of each)
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 ROSSO
100% Negroamaro. Wild and true Negroamaro, dense and spicy, very elegant with smooth tannins that closes on the palate leaving a clear memory of the sea. Amazingly daily wine with disarming drinkability.
CALCARIUS, PUGLIA - 2018 HELLEN ROSSO
100% Nero di Troia. Full of energy. Persistent red fruits on the nose and palate with a clear Mediterranean evocation of mulberry and blackberry. One litre bottle.