Leone de Castris
2006 Salice Salentino Maiana
90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera 
$13
Pretty aromatic on the nose with a touch of sundried tomato and herb over earthy fruit with peppery and floral accents. Nice and crisp on entry, in a lighter style that accents the small but crisp tannins and bright acids of the wine. There's a nice core of burnished sherry fruit here with some cedary wood on the finish. Refreshing and cleansing with an engagingly rustic edge. 88pts
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Candido
2005 Salice Salentino Riserva
95% Negroamaro, 5% Malvasia Nera
$NA, $9 in Italy
Minty on the nose with a lightly funky edge accenting dried fruit aromas. Soft and rather rich on entry though it quickly turns a bit diffuse on the mid-palate before popping again on the finish with nice dried cherry fruit accented with mineral, and mint.  87pts
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Feudi di Guagnano
2006 Cupone Salice Salentino
90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera
$NA
Complex aromatics include slightly gamy fruits that are topped with spicy white pepper notes, violet tones and integrated notes of lightly medicinal roots. Bright and drying in the mouth with a rather anonymous feel. Certainly doesn’t fulfill the promises of the nose, though this is powerful, it seems overly polished. 87pts
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Dei Agre
2005 Magrede
90% Negroamaro, 10% Nero di Troia
$NA, $15 in Italy
Complex on the nose with leathery notes and intense autumnal spice notes. Velvety in the mouth with great freshness to the dark fruits and fine balance. A bit simple and short. 87pts
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Cantine Menhir
2007 Salice Salentino
80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera
$NA, $9 in Italy
A bit tanky on the nose though with nice building black berry fruits. On entry this shows lots of fruit with a slightly chocolatey edge. The tannins poke through the fruit fairly quickly though they are ripe and add nice texture, resolving on the silky yet firm finish. 87pts
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Conti Zecca
2008 Donna Marzia
85% Negroamaro, 15% Malvasia Nera
$10
Earthy and funky on the nose with nice complexity to the notes of gently preserved fruits. Big impact on entry with big layers of fruit, spice and mineral tones that cut the slightly syrupy fruit and lend this good freshness in the mouth. 87pts
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Feudi di Guagnano
2007 Le Camarde
80% Negroamaro, 20% Primitivo
$NA, $12 in Italy
Spicy and sweet on the nose with aromatic bark tones. Soft and rather large-scaled in the mouth with a balanced, layered feel that supports red fruit and faded spice tones. 87pts
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Palama
2008 Fregi Barocchi Rosso Negroamaro
$NA, $6 in Italy
Spicy on the nose with dried leathery tones and a touch of earthy funk. Soft and round in the mouth with simple yet fresh fruit presented with gentle spice and earth accents. 87pts
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Feudi di San Marzano
2009 Negroamaro
$10
Fresh on the nose and lightly astringent-smelling with crisp, small fruits. A touch sweet on entry with a nice fruity quality and round feel that is accented by lightly astringent tannins. Nothing flashy here but an honest little wine. 87pts
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Cantine Menhir
2008 N Zero Negroamaro
$16
Ashy and burnt aromas on the nose with a touch of sweet licorice. Sweetly fruited on entry with lots of acidity balancing out the wild berry, blueberry fruits that remain a touch candied on the mid-palate. The finish is light with lots of gently fuzzy tannins. 86pts
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Monaci
2004 Simpatica
80% Negroamaro, 20% Montepulciano
$NA, $12 in Italy
Fleshy and leathery on the nose with attractive top notes of pressed flowers. Round and juicy in the mouth with a soft and slightly faded feel. The finish is juicy but there seems to be a lot of wood tannin that lingers. 86pts
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Feudi di San Marzano
2009 Salice Salentino
80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera
$NA, $8 in Italy
Nicely aromatic with a rich core of fruit accented with hints of flowers, licorice and mint. Soft on entry with a nice initial rush of sweet fruit that broadens in the mouth but loses some focus and then turns a bit monotone on the modest finish. 86pts
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Schola Sarmenti
2007 Negroamaro Roccamora
$16
Clean and simple on the nose with a hint of earthy funk. Broad, rich and velvety in the mouth with simple but fresh fruits. 86pts
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Candido
2005 Cappello di Prete Negroamaro
$NA, $14 in Italy
Lightly woody on the nose with cedary accents to the blue and black fruits. Bright on entry with rich dried fruit up front, nice decisive tannins adding cut on the mid-palate but turning a bit drying on the firm, short, slightly woody finish. 86pts
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Conti Zecca
2007 Negroamaro
$12
Earthy and dusty on the nose with hints of sapwood on the nose. Rich with deep, liquory fruit in the house’s seamless style. The fruit is dark if a bit imprecise in a rather earthy register. 86pts
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Candido
2009 Le Pozzelle Salice Salentino
95% Negroamaro, 5% Malvasia Nera
$NA, $9 in Italy
A touch herbal on the nose with soil and spice tones to the candied black cherry fruit. Finishes short and dry with some nice soil tones. 85pts
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Feudi di Guagnano
2006 Nero du Velluto Negroamaro
$NA
This stinks of cola, overcooked meats and diesel fuel. Velvety in the mouth with a resolved, savory, roast meaty core of succulent fruit. Very peculiar yet complex with dried clay soil tones, faded red fruits and a peppery final. 85pts
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Palama
2008 Mavro
90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera
$NA, $12 in Italy
Toasty on the nose with notes of sweet wood and coconut. Smooth in the mouth with sweet dark fruits that yields to big wood tannins and rich vanilla notes on the finish. 84pts
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