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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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Aleatico

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Primitivo

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

  • 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...

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  • Azienda Agricola Taurino

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

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  • Definitely, these later wines subscribe nicely to the Monty Python ... - the ... ... - the black-bitter of Salice Salentino (Apulia, bottom of the spur on the Adriatic).  I also like Primitivo - another staple of this region.  But with all that Zin in California...But back to Negroamaro… this wine is extremely interesting in its almost medici... Read More

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  • I like a Negroamaro varietal occasionally.  There's a few here that ... $1.50 US now).Luccarelli, Salice Salentino, Corte Ottone Brindisi.  All under $20.  great stuf Read More

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  • Gran Passione Salice Salentino Italy Negroamaro 'Riserva' 2013


    a very interesting wine that is robust, direct and "in your Face; I suspect that more wine time spent in the oak could bring out the subtlety. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2015


    A fantastic wine for every day! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013


    If you read the winemaker's notes you'll find it is one of those rare descriptions that actually fit. I might add that there is a sweetish black cherry tannin finish that is really nice at the end. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by docdom

  • Agricole Vallone Salice Salentino Riserva Vereto 2008


    Happy new year everyone! Have been MIA for awhile but back in drinking great wines everyday! Starting off with this new varietal I haven't had, Negroamaro! Read More

    Wine review by shsim

  • Gran Passione Salice Salentino Riserva 2012


    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

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

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

    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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