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    A Mano

    Imprint Susumaniello

    Italy, Puglia, Salice Salentino IGT

    Red

    Winery Overview

    How does an American end up in Apulia (and why does one stay?) Mark Shannon has a long history in California graduating from UC Davis and becoming the winemaker at Bogle Winery for a decade. During his consulting travels, Mark met future wife and business partner Elvezia Sbalchiero who was in the Friulian wine business herself. Intended as a holiday to Puglia in 1998, they fell head over heels with the vineyards. Thus began A Mano. Their indigenous head-trained vines are between 70 and 100 years old, planted on deep red alluvial soils. Mark works closely with local growers as a substitute to the local coop, and he is well respected locally by setting criteria and standards.

    Vineyard

    Mark Shannon works closely with local vineyard growers around Puglia and incentivizes them based on quality not quantity. Vine age is at minimum 20 to 40 years old, up to 70 to 90 years old in the Primitivo, and Susmaniello. All of the vineyards are harvested by hand, farmed organically, and most are dry farmed.

    Soil

    Sandy vineyards are high up on the hillside, and dry farmed.

    Viticulture

    The grapes are grown in vineyards located in the Salento peninsula of Puglia. 70 to 90 year old vines. Hand harvested. 8.5 tons per hectare yields.

    Vinification

    Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were sorted and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Only natural yeasts were used during fermentation. Pump-overs were very gentle so as not to over-extract the aggressive tannins of this unusual variety. The wine was bottled without fining.

    Aging

    After fermentation the wine was aged for 6 months in cement/steainless stell. After bottling we let the wine rest for at least 4 months. No wood is used.

    Scores & Ratings
    87
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