Bruna Pulin 2011


Producer Bruna

Winemaker(s): Francesca Bruna & Roberto Germani ABV: 14%
Origin: Ortovero, Colline Savonesi (IGT), Liguria Closure: Cork
Grapes: Granaccia (55%), Syrah (40%), Barbera (5%) Size: 75cl
Life Span: Tastes gorgeous now but should keep developing too till 2019-20


The Colline Savonesi IGT region - or 'Hills of Savona' - covers a large area west of Genoa, and is the motherland of Christopher Colombus. The principal red grape here is Granaccia, a local variant of the French grape Grenache (also known as Garnacha in Spain, and Cannonau in the Italian island of Sardinia).

Pulin is Bruna's bellweather red wine, born from an ambition to re-evaluate a local take on the noble red wines of the Rhone Valley - hence the name, which in the Ligurian dialect approximately means "little chicken", or idiomatically "new born"! Bruna's philosophy is to re-invent Granaccia, to give it a new lease of life in their unique soils, which are calcaerous, rocky and enjoying a warm, coastal Mediterranean climate. The wine is very low-yield, and extremely low production (merely 1,800 bottles).

It spends thirteen months in old French oak and seven months in bottle before being released. Much richer than Bruna's other red wines, but at the same time not at all overpowering. Mesmeric.

"Fresh, pure, aromatic cherry and raspberry nose is quite elegant. The palate is generous, pure and supple with lovely freshness and purity, and there’s a peppery edge to the red fruits, with a hint of liqourice. Youthful and primary, but with potential." Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

Flavours: Intense colour releases a thick raspberry aroma, candied fruits and sweet spices, along with aromatic herbs and lively tannins
Victuals: Francesca & Roberto reckon it is best paired with the traditional Ligurian dish of capra e fagioli (goat and beans); but it will also be delicious with herby roasted lamb, meat stews, and with a bit more age, mature cheeses

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