2017 Valentina Passalacqua Calcarius SoulMate - Puglia, Italy
Calcarius by Valentina Passalacqua focuses on the terroir of the white limestone, kimmeridgian soils around her childhood town of Arpicena, at the foot of the Gargano mountains in Puglia. SoulMate is 100% Montepulciano that’s hand harvested and de-stemmed prior to fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steel to preserve the purity and freshness of the grapes. Aged in neutral oak for a year with regular battonnage, this medium-bodied red exhibits bright red and black berry flavors with subtle barnyard, mineral and saline notes followed by a dry, moderately tannic finish. Pairs wonderfully with most pesto or tomato-based pasta and gnocchi dishes.