About This Wine
For nearly 40 years, Neil and Maria Empson have been at the forefront of Italian wine.
The Empsons are among Italy’s best known wine exporters, and in that role they have become tastemakers. They count some of the country’s finest wine estates among their clients, and have helped to make those estates famous in the United States.
In 2007, the Empsons’ daughter, Tara Smeralda, joined the family business. A year later, on a trip to the Salento Peninsula, all three fell in love with the colorful landscape and its dark red soil. They also fell in love with the wines crafted by Filippo Baccalaro for Valentino Sciotti. Before long, a partnership had been formed among the Empsons, Baccalaro and Sciotti, and the Matane label was born.
The 2009 Matane Zinfandel (a variety nearly identical genetically to Primitivo) is an amazing wine — floral, fruitful and spicy. Of course, that’s not news to Neil or Maria Empson — exporters and, now, vintners extraordinaire.
California's own grape variety. Red Zinfandel (not to be confused with "white" Zinfandel) can produce full-bodied wines packed with ripe berry fruit and smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberries and spicy pepper.
- Grape Composition:100% Zinfandel (Genetically the Same as Primitivo)
- Grape Source:Italy’s Puglia Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Assorted Berries, Red Cherry, and Hints of Spice and Toasty Oak
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionspicy Italian sausages, or a pepperoni pizza.
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