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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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  • Azienda Agricola Taurino

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

  • Leone de Castris

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

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  • Natalino del Prete Salice Salentino "Torre Nova" 2010

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    Decidedly funky on the nose and very natural smelling. This shows of an array ... rather bright and juicy for Salice Salentino, with cranberry and sour cherry flavors laced with dried herbs, leather, fennel fronds and a touch of childrens vitamin. The backend gains a nice light, fresh tannic bite and some steely mineral notes. Fairly long on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Rosso Maiana 2008

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    A somewhat different Italian red blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. It starts out a little thin and metallic with a hint of licorice. There's a good bit of earthiness on the mid-palate along with dried black plums and raisin. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cantele Salice Salentino 11a-4 2009

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    Opaque violet, intriguing aromas of dark stone fruits, lasagna and tea; rich fruit profile with integrated structure over an elegant and long finish. A terrific value. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Hey, OT, making corks doesn't kill or even harm the trees! (Shearing sheep ... ... at WineMine and buy some Salice Salentino while I am ther Read More

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  • Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 2009

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    Ruby hue with aromas of dried plums, wet tree bark and earth; dried stone fruits with integrated structure across a palate with tea and chocolate for a moderately long finish. Great Negroamaro value. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Candido Salice Salentino Rosso 1990

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    I bought this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/48208 for £6.Salice Salentino is an Italian DOC originally created in 1976 for red wines [though whites and roses are now included] from around the town of Salice on the Salento peninsular [the heel of Italy].Candido is a large [385 acres] family concern now owned by by the b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

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    A joy for the money. Two obscure grapes from the boot. Give demeaning comments the boot. This unpretentious quaffer offers balance, acid and adequate heft. We are glugging it by the case. Read More

    Wine review by chapspot


  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2009

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    Extremely red fruit forward, an explosion in your mouth. Oak on the finish which felt fake and not in concert with the fruit. As it remained opened (or as we drank more), it blended better. I want to try this again to get another perspective, but will give it the benefit of the doubt. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Had a fun pizza night with the neighbors...we had some good pies, watched some ... also cracked open my first Salice Salentino, thinking it might be a good pizza wine. This '07 Vereto had probably been on the shelf too long however...it had trademark old world freshness, that shone above the diminishing fruit. Just not a wine of much personali... Read More

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  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Maiana Red 2010

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    Rich red fruit on the nose cherries, vanilla.......smooth tannins with great acidity that leads to a decent finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


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