Dense ruby red with a purplish rim, it is immediately intense on the nose with
marked aromas of ripe and fleshy red fruits, notably cherries followed by spicy
notes of cinnamon and nutmeg; in the mouth it is full, powerful, smooth and
very long, with a well defined acid streak which makes it fresh and pleasing.
Wine Spectator 87 points - Rustic yet refined, offering ripe cherry and plum fruit supported by a bright frame, with a touch of licorice lingering on the finish. Drink now. 16,000 cases made. –NW (Jun 15 2011)
Li Veli is situated in the Puglia region of Italy, the largest wine-producing region in the country. In 1999 the Falvo family, former owners of Avignonesi in Tuscany, purchased the 128 acre property in Salice Salentino, in the heart of the Salento region. The vineyard portion of the estate currently measures 86 acres. Li Veli highlights the region’s principal native varietals, Verdeca for white wine, and Negroamaro and Primitivo, which are made into powerful, inky dark red wines of great character and elegance. Through proper vineyard management and vinification, Li Veli has established a new quality benchmark for wines from Puglia. In 2005 all the grapes from Li Veli’s vineyards were certified organic.
|Wine maker notes
|Once in the cellar, grapes are manually selected in the rolling tape
before de-stemming and pressage. Fermentation takes place under
the highest control, in order to obtain the maximum result from the
extracting phase, with délestages and circulation pumping, to
extract color and fruitiness from the skins. Fermentation is done
under controlled temperature between 27° and 31° C, to preserve
as much as possible the original aromatic qualities of the fruit.
After the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is transferred
into French oak barriques, where the malolactic fermentation takes
place. At the end of the ageing in barrique, the wine is bottled after
a careful tasting.
|The vineyard, located in Cellino San Marco, is planted to clay with limestone rock. Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, after which the wine was aged for six months in French oak barriques.
|Li Veli is situated in Puglia, the heel of Italy's boot, which is also the largest wine-producing region in the country. In 1999 the Falvo family (former owners of Avignonesi in Tuscany) bought the 128 acre property in Salice Salentino, heart of the Salento region. The vineyard
portion of the estate currently measures 35 hectares Li Veli highlights the region's principal native varietals, like Negroamaro and Primitivo, which are made into powerful, inky dark wines of great character and elegance. Through proper vineyard management and vinification Li Veli
has established a new quality benchmark for wines from Puglia.