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Region: Apulia (Puglia)

Rosso Canosa DOC (Canusium)

Facts about this wine

Wine: Red wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Medium
Min. alcohol: 12%
Storage potential: 4 years

Canosa is a small town 20 km. inland from Apulia’s coast between the Bari and Foggia provinces right on the border. Since 1979, this red wine, Rosso Canosa, had its own DOC, but in 2011 local producers requested the agricultural ministry to be merged into the better-known neighbor zone, Castel del Monte DOC. The application was approved in November that same year.

However, Rosso Canosa DOC, or Canusium DOC as it may also be called after the town’s Latin name, was primarily produced from Uva di Troia grapes (65-100%), but sometimes Montepulciano and/or Sangiovese grapes were added (0-35%, with maximum 10% Sangiovese).

At a young age, the wine is ruby red, fresh and fruity, but after 4-5 years of aging, it develops a special finesse and it gets orange/brick red reflections. It is a vinous, rich in alcohol, pleasant wine, with a distinctive, fruity scent, an interesting taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste. It resembles Castel del Monte Rosso DOC a bit.

A barrel-aged Rosso Canosa Riserva DOC with 13% of alcohol strength was also available. Mandatory aging for the Riserva was 2 years (of which 1 year in wooden barrels)

Aging potential up to 4 years. The Riserva 6-7 years.

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