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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 ...

  • Malvasia

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

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  • Giancarlo Ceci Rosso 2007


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    Wine review by mplancelotta

  • Salice Salentino Riserva DOC 2006


    Fresh, ripe fruits.. mostly cherry with a hint of spice. Soft tannins, a pleasure to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Coastalcorks

  • Dr. Cosimo Taurino Notarpanaro 1988


    I thought I had really abused this wine through all my moves since 1992. In fact, I was afraid to open the bottle just in case it had turned to vinegar. However, I finally got the courage to open it this summer. It clearly had not turned. After decanting it, I poured a small taste. It was full of deep berry fruit flavors, but I decided to let it... Read More

    Wine review by kbrend60

  • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva Negroamaro Malvasia Nera Puglia Salice Salentino 2004


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    Wine review by tejohnson1

  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2005


    Tight nose. Sour. Spicy. Somewhat tannic. Chewy deep black fruit. Balanced. Good integration. Nuts and wood in the finish. Not as hot and big as other Negroamaro blends I've tasted - cleaner, more elegant. Decent QPR, too. Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Due Palme Salice Salentino 2006


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    Wine review by makrushin

  • Azienda Agricola Taurino Cosimo Salice Salentino Riserva 2004


    Dull brick red with burnt orange rim, aromas of dried cherries, plums and red berries with baking spices, dried stone fruits, earth and leather with baking spice on palate with focused, balanced personality to a long finish. The BOMB! This '04 Reserva is still available from some specialty retailers. Don't pass up on this great value food win... Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva 2004


    Day twenty (20) of vacu-cork in the fridge and this is still interesting to drink. Acid and tannins have faded but the fruit is still awesome, black cherry and blackberry along with strong dose of tea made from flowers and sweetened. I assume the flowers come from the Black Malvasia. Never tasted such and I'll keep the bottle for a few more d... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Fortium Salice Salentino Still Italy Salice Salentino DOC Negroamaro-Based Blend 2005


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    Wine review by Teppo

  • Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva 2004


    This is a big wine, not only soft, spicy, and fruity but also a bit harsh, probably from the acids. Nose, taste, and acid improved vacu-corked in the fridge over seven (7) days (you read that right). Nice nose with mild floral, strong spice, backed by almost a salt air and acid aroma with indistinct mild fruit. In the mouth the fruit is chew... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

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