Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2012
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 good balance... like a hot, southern Italian night. 88 pointsAdd winemaker's notes
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 good balance... like a hot, southern Italian night. 88 points
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.
great wine with friends, deep sun and warm woods
External Reviews for Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva
Balances kirsch and macerated blackberry notes with aromatic layers of wild flower, brick dust and sanguine flavors. Lively, with moderate tannins and a graphite edge to the smoky finish.
Big, powerful and super intense. Ripe black fruits, licorice, smoke, ash and game come through in this assertive Salice Salentino. Silky tannins round out the finish. - According to the Wine Advocate
This wine comes from Leone di Castris, a winery in Southern Italy that just celebrated its 50th anniversary with the 2004 vintage. Their vineyards were planted in 1954 and the vines are mature and low yielding. The winery recently made a smart decision to bring in noted consultant Ricardo Cotarella. He has been at work and carefully oversaw the 2006 vintage production. His focus is on bringing out the best expression in every wine from the least expensive to the rarest and most precious. He’s known for making $10 wines that taste like $20 and $20 wines that taste like $40. This 2006 Riserva is just such a wine. The Wine Advocate recently scored it 90 points and said "The 2006 Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 50th Vendemmia (Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera) is a very pretty, nuanced wine laced with wild cherries, plums, graphite and spices. Silky tannins frame an exceptional, elegant finish. This cask-aged Salice Salentino is a gem, not to mention an absolute steal for the money. The 50th Vendemmia celebrates the estate’s 50th vintage in grand style."
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