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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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  • Aleatico

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

  • Negroamaro

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Azienda Agricola Taurino

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

  • Leone de Castris Salentino, a small village in Salento rich in v...

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  • Cosimo Taurino Salice Salentino Other Red Varietal Tuscany 2003


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    Wine review by ehs34

  • Taurino Salice Salentino 2001


    Bold flavor, but well-balanced; not too tannic- in fact, not tannic at all! Delicious with homemade pizza. Read More

    Wine review by winehill

  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2003


    I've run through about four bottles of this now and am still enjoying it (at $5 a bottle here in CA). The nose was full of earth and herbs. On the palate more of the same, very earthy and robust with hints of cherries. The finish was long and flavorful, with fruit tailing off to a woody, smoky ending. This was earned spot #5 in my best of TJ's... Read More

    Wine review by jasonswineblog

  • Vecchia Torre Salice Salentino 2003


    I drank this wine on a farm in Switzerland while enjoying a positively phenomenal home cooked meal. I was blown away by this bottle at the time and tracked it down in the United States. Of course it never tasted the same again :(. It is still a great wine for the money (under $10). Dried fruit flavors are prevalent on the palate with raisins,... Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2003


    A great value, I'd be happy to drink this on a regular basis. It's a blend of 80% negroamaro and 20% malvasia nera, with mineral and berry notes. It is dry, and light-bodied for a red wine. Some may find this a little watery, but it has a flavorful finish. No heavy alcohol fumes or need to breathe first, like so many wines at this price point. Read More

    Wine review by Nicole Ramsey

  • Salice Salentino DOC Azienda Vini Cantele Riserva Apulië Rood 2003


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    Wine review by Charles

  • Apollonio Salice Salentino Rosso 2003


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    Wine review by localtalent

  • Apollonio Winery Salice Salentino Terre del Grico 2001


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    Wine review by localtalent

  • Apollonio Salice Salentino Rosso 2003


    Inky jet black wine with plentiful astringent tannins, this wine is actually somewhat rustic with the fruit coming second to the taste of barrique and thick-skinned tannins. Read More

    Wine review by TasteDC

  • Salice Salentino Apollonio 2000


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    Wine review by karmen

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