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Salento (Salentu) is located within the Puglia region of Italy, in the southeastern section of the “heel” of the boot. Many of the wines from this region transcend growing zone, blend or aging specifications of their propietary DOCs, and fall under this IGT heading when originating from within Salento. This allows producers more freedom of experimentation.
 
The Salento peninsula is the southernmost of three viticultural areas within Puglia, the others being Brindisi and Taranto. The dominant red grapes cultivated are Primitivo (genetically the same as California Zinfandel), Negroamaro, and Malvasia Nero. The IGTs are often released as rosso blends, sometimes with international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, or as single varietals. There are also some excellent Salento rosato wines. Whites (biancos) tend to to be produced from Verdeca, Francavilla and international varietals such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
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  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Primitivo

    History of the grape: At some point in the 18th century, the grape was brought over to Italy from either Caucasus or ...

  • Negroamaro

    History of the grape: The name is a combination of the Italian words for “black” and “bitter,” however, the latter de...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • Pietraluna Negroamaro Salento 2011

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  • Cantele Primitivo 2011

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    With a touch of tree bark lending this a savory edge, this opens on the nose showing off candied black fruit wrapped in spicy new oak. Smooth and almost supple in the mouth, this has lovely herbal shadings lending detail to the core of black cherry fruit on the palate and some well integrated and yet attractive wood spice notes add further nuan... Read More

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  • Cantele Primitivo 2011

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  • Valle Dell'Asso Negramaro 2010

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    Leathery, a bit sulphury, gently spicy and a bit toasty on the nose with slightly chalky and vegetal framing notes adding aromatic complexity. Bright, juicy and filled with sour cherry, rasp and tart plum flavors , this is rather light on its feet with a really light tough on the palate. Al red fruit and fresh with a brisk finish that shows a to... Read More

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  • Valle Dell'Asso Negramaro 2010

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  • Perrini Salento Negroamaro 2011

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    Very perfumed on the nose with a natural ferment array of earthy, herbal, and spicy fresh leathery and heathery aromas laced with fairly grape if fresh and pure fruit. Showing great freshness and clarity on the palate, this is clear and transparent with lovely wild cherry and blackberry flavors that cover subtle spice and vaguely herbal nuance w... Read More

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  • Perrini Salento Negroamaro 2011

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  • Felline Salento Rosso Alberello 2011

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    Complex and nuanced on the nose with a hint of musky florality followed by some toasty soil notes, black tea, tobacco, and slightly medicinal vegetal aromas. Rather powerful but super well balanced in the mouth with great supporting acids and ripe, slightly chewy tannins covered with fresh black cherry and plum fruit that retains some of the bla... Read More

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  • Felline Salento Rosso Alberello 2011

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  • Wow, I've been missing a lot. I should post about the value wines I'm ... 90pts2011 Felline Alberello Salento Rosso 13% $12Complex and nuanced on the nose with a hint of musky florality followed by some toasty soil notes, black tea, tobacco, and slightly medicinal vegetal aromas. Rather powerful but super well balanced in the mouth with great ... Read More

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