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Monica Larner Reviews I Pastini


"I spent a lot of time contemplating this wine because it represents a more subdued and elegant expression of the Minutolo grape. There has been confusion regarding this varietal with some producers confusing Minutolo and Moscato - those wines really pop out in a blind tasting because of the extremely floral aromas that make Moscato immediately recognizable. But, the 2015 Minutolo Rampone is a whole other animal. This is a dry and less aromatic wine with mild and soothing tones of Golden Delicious apple, white peach and pear. The folks at I Pastini have dedicated much of their resources to safeguarding the little-known Minutolo grape. They claim that the variety originated here in the Valle d'Itria and was recognized by its small berries and fragile clusters. This medium-bodied white closes with a zesty point of spice and exotic fruit. 

Set against the fairytale landscape of the Itria Valley with Smurfs-like stone houses and whitewashed towns, I Pastini was one of the most exciting discoveries I made this year. Gianni Carparelli and his family run a winery that is in full expansion with a visitor's center and an underground winery in construction. They have become a sudden symbol of the white Minutolo grape cultivated near Martina Franca. I was also very impressed by the freshness of the Susumaniello-based Rosato. I Pastini has existed since 1996 and sold fruit locally. Only now are they forming such an important identity with an eye to export markets. I absolutely recommend this winery and I look forward to watching its progress in the years to come.

90 points." Monica Larner, The Wine Advocate August 2016

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