JO produced by Gianfranco Fino is an exclusive wine because it is a great negroamaro produced in the area where the primitivo is normally the king. Its name originates from both Jonico, which is the side of the Salento peninsula where the area of Manduria is located and where the vineyards that give rise to this wine are located. And then again Jonico because in the past this was the name with which the Negroamaro blend was called.
This wonderful negroamaro is vinified from grapes grown with the traditional Apulian sapling system that come from a 50-year-old Negroamaro vineyard with 4500 plants that have an average yield of less than 1 kg per plant The vineyard located in San Pietro in Bevagna directly overlooks the Ionian sea. The grapes are harvested in the third decade of September, after a slight withering on the plant with a manual harvest in plastic boxes with careful selection of the bunches, and with a transport by truck with an isothermal box. Once they arrive in the cellar, the grapes are further selected on a sorting table, followed by de-stemming, soft pressing of the berries, maceration in 70 Hl stainless steel vats, contact with the must skins for three to four weeks, control of the temperature of the cap of marc, with a temperature between 23 and 25°C, two delestages a day, after racking 24 hours in steel to remove the coarser lees and immediately in French oak barriques half new and the other half used for a only passage. Pressing of the pomace with vertical hydraulic press with stainless steel cage. Daily batonnage until the first racking. After about 12 months of aging in wood, the wine without the aid of clarifiers and without filtration and without tartaric precipitations is bottled and after about six months of aging it is released for consumption.
JO appears in the glass with an intense ruby red color, very intense. On the nose, notes of dark flowers stand out that blend with fruity ones, plum in the first place and a pleasantly spicy finish. In the mouth it is expressed with extreme freshness and a well-modeled tannic texture that is balanced with the softness of the wine, giving it depth and an aromatic persistence. The retro-olfactory sensations refer to notes of Mediterranean scrub, tobacco leaves, toasted cocoa beans and leather. The persistence is very long and well supported by vigorous but not too intrusive tannins.
Pairings: Perfect wine to combine with first and second courses based on red meats. In particular, it can be paired with one of the most typical dishes of Salento or the pieces of horse meat with sauce.
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