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Salice Salentino is a wine region in the heel of the “boot,” Puglia, Italy. It’s located in the Salento peninsula, between the Adriatic and the Gulf of Taranto of the Ionian Sea. This hot, arid region has seen many landlords over the years, from the Greeks, to Romans, Lombards, Byzantines, Turks, Spanish (Aragonese), Venetians, until finally part of a unified Italy in the 19th century. Throughout all these cultural changes, the Negroamaro grape has been a constant. 
 
The name, originally niuru maro in localese, means “dark and bitter.” The deeply colored, rich wines do have a tinge of bitterness, pleasantly so, like high percent dark chocolate. The DOC allows a small percentage of Malvasia Nera added to soften the tannic properties of the wine. Sometimes these are labeled as Malvasia Nera di Brindisi or Lecce according to their home province, but there is negligible difference between the two. Salice Salentino Riserva is required to age 24 months Read more »

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  • Primitivo

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

  • Aleatico

    Limited plantings of this minor red wine variety are found in warmer areas of California and Australia. Aleatico is m...

  • Malvasia

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • 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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  • Leone de Castris

    https://www.facebook.com/leone.decastrisSalice Salentino, a small village in Salento rich in v...

  • Azienda Agricola Taurino

    For over 4000 years grapes have been prospering on the Salentine Peninsula, thanks to the devo...

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  • Gran Passione Salice Salentino Riserva 2012

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    Intriguing, smoky notes of forest floor and farmyard on the nose with dark plum and blackberry with some ripe red apple. Assertive and red fruited on the palate with tart raspberry and cherry notes and hints of clove and loamy earth. This is full and fresh with pert acidity, finishing with a warm medicinal note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Li Veli Passamante 2014

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    Wine review by jdcox0222


  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand ... purchased grapes--but the Salice Salentino is a good pizza wine and the Nero d'Avola is okay, too.  One wine I buy almost every winter at Trader Joe's is Castillero del Diablo's Carmenere.  It's a really good introduction to that grape, a former standout (even over Malbec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Settled for a very generic Salice Salentino last night.  We'll drink the Perbacco when we get back from Mexico.  It's been my fall back for young Nebbiolo for a few vintages, although I found some non-DOCG last summer and a Gattinara that fit the bill, too.  I'm probably a little unusual in liking young Nebbiolo but I could sub it in for lesser ... Read More

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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2011

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    A hint of molasses and cherry on the nose with a clump of earth as well. Easy drinking style and quite fruity, with pleasant red berry and cherry notes and a finish with a touch of clay. 86 pts. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hello, I like wine. I'm originally from the UK though I've lived ... Morellino di Scansano, and Salice Salentino.I'm also a fan of Sauternes which is what led me here in my search for discovering which to get from my local supermarket; a 2003 or a 2005. Call me Richar Read More

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  • So I am going to take your side on some things, AS, but I wouldn't call a ... ... a decent introduction to Salice Salentino, Aglianico, and Nero d'Avola and it's all about $5.  There was a Nero d'Avola even cheaper (can't recall the name right now) that was even better.  The Casillero del Diablo Carmenere is a really good example of that grape... Read More

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  • Taurino Salice Salentino 2000

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    Wine review by ramblero


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

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    Continuing a virtual trip into Puglia ... into better DOC country than usual for this heel of Italy... the wine at hand greets the nose as thickly vinous, medicinal and blackcurrant. The entry is quite smooth with placid tannin but a little extra warmth (alcohol) overlaying the slightly bitter blackcurrant flavours. Flavour lingers long, with... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Natalino del Prete Salice Salentino "Torre Nova" 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • I'm looking for a Salice Salentino red wine called Crance. Please let me know where to find it. Louievelasco1@yahoo.com

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  • I'm looking for a Salice Salentino wine called Crance. Let me know where to find it. Louievelasco1@yahoo.com

    Comment by 607824louievsatx 607824 louievsatx


  • Do you have San Martino Reseva 2007/

    Comment by 1104086Antoni 1104086 Antoni


  • I like all red wines ,chilled.This wine'Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino DOC 2006 I found,taste wise extremely, pleasing and gratifying. Does chilling do something to make them all satisfying?How can a wine be considered Snoothrank 4 "scents of burnt rubber and dirt on yhe bottom of ones boots"

    Comment by 497182Easy Ed 497182 Easy Ed


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