Anna – Primitivo/Susumaniello
Named after Gaëtano’s mother and daughter, this cuvée is a blend of 60% Primitivo and 40% Susumaniello – an indigenous grape with ancient Dalmatian origins. The vines grow on calcareous clay soil, at an elevation of 500 to 900 feet. The Primitivo grapes are harvested late August, and the Susumaniello ones late September. Fermentation and aging in stainless steel tanks for 6 months, then another 4 months in bottle before release. Elegant notes of spices and red fruits (currants) mixed with sage. The palate is round and velvety. 15.5% alcohol.
About the Producer
Founded by Gaëtano Marangelli, Pietra is in Minervino di Lecce, a medieval village situated in the eastern part of the Salento peninsula, not far from the sunny beaches of Otranto. Enologist Vincenzo Laera oversees the 40 hectares of alberello-trained vines, which are grown on shallow red soils with layers of calcareous rock. At the heart of the estate is a 17th century baronial palace that houses Origano Osteria, the family restaurant. The property also contains a Mediterranean garden, which hosts live concerts and outdoor dinners during the warmer months, along with ancient underground olive presses and an organic farm.
Farming practices: The winery will be certified organic in 2019.