Cantine Due Palme is a large cooperative cellar based in Cellino San Marco/Salento, deep in the heart of Apulia, the southerly heel of the Italian peninsula. Founded in 1989 from an idea of its President, Mr. Angelo Maci, Cantine Due Palme has grown over the years up to 400 growers – carefully selected on the grounds of their owning old vines situated in premium sites – and it is recognized today as one of the finest large-scaled cellars operating in the region. With over 2400 Ha of total vineyard holdings disseminated across the region’s foremost appellations, Cantine Due Palme offers a comprehensive lineup of classic Apulian wines made from native varietals, as well as a consistent quality level vintage after vintage.
Speaking of native varietals, this wine is made from a grape you may not be familiar with: Susumaniello. What? Yes! Of supposed Dalmatian origin, its epithet may mean “loaded as a donkey” thanks to its peculiarity for being productive at an early age. The grapes have high levels of sugar and excellent acidity which makes it an ideal wine grape.
The nose is rife with bright, ripe red fruits, plums and red currant, earthy spices and a woody incense note. In the mouth, the march of red fruits continues as we taste more plums and cherries that are supported by a level of earthiness, dark spices and leather, kept lively by fresh tannins and excellent acidity. This is ripe, fresh wine showing structural muscularity while retaining harmony from fruit and spice. This is a fantastic bang-for-the-buck wine– enjoy it with hearty meat dishes, game, mature cheeses or eggplant parmigiana.