Roccamera Scholars Sarmenti
*Yawn* I've started and stopped my last few blog posts never quite getting around to publishing any content. I'm sure I'm not the only one, who's life get's in the way, or your training so much for your marathon that you don't even had the energy to lift that goblet of good n ripe ripe red stuff after a punishing 8 mile progression run or speed workout. But, my vacation begins tonight and I don't go back to work till well into the new year so I had a little extra time to taste a few bottles that have been accumulating in the house. The first is an Italian red from Puglia, Italy and the other I'll post the review tomorrow is a popular French red from Chateau Baracan but more on this one later.
Name: Schola Sarmenti
Where Purchased: Sean's Wine and Spirits
Review: Roccamora's Schola Sarmenti is produced in Puglia – a region of Italy in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Ionian Sea to the southeast, and the Strait of Òtranto and Gulf of Taranto in the south. Its southernmost portion, known as Salento peninsula, forms a high heel on the “boot” of Italy. Italy is the largest wine producing region in the world with Puglia producing around 17% of Italy's wines.
In this vein, Negromaro is one of the most widely produced grapes in Italy. And, after years of the grape being used in wine blends for the most part it's setting it's just due. I think Roccamera Scholars Sarmenti (made with 100% Negromaro), is a fantastic wine to show people how lovely and enjoyable Negromaro can be. This is one of the better wines I've had this year with it's lemon, pepper, and currant nose, and silky plum and blackberry palate. It's a great wine to drink as an aperitif if you're already a red wine lover, or pair with some light appetizers (I had a few wine sticks, and truffled cheese wine mine). Let me know if you get a chance to try Scholars Sarmenti or the Negromaro grape and let me know what you think in the comments.