Paolo Leo Riserva Salice Salentino 2007
Paolo Leo Riserva Salice Salentino is predominantly Negroamaro, considered the flagship grape in the Salice Salento region of Puglia. The Malvasia Nera grape is used in varying proportions to add richness and perfume to the blend. It is one of the 25 DOC wines produced in Puglia under stringent quality standards. DOC means Denominazione di Origine Controllata and is an Italian law which determines the area within which certain wines may be produced, according to specific standards, to preserve the traditional wine-making practices of the region. It is a honor for a wine to receive DOC status. The grapes for this Riserva are harvested manually in mid-September and put in wooden crates. After being de-stemmed and delicately crushed to reduce damage to the skin, they are macerated for 12-15 days at a controlled temperature of 18°C. Fermentation occurs for approximately 8 days where the wine is circulated in the tank to fully aerate it and then goes through a lightening process to separate the juice and the grape solids. This maximizes the aromas and gentle tannins. Malolactic fermentation is then introduced, followed by 18 months in stainless steel tanks, 6 months in large oak casks, and 6 months in bottle before release.
Food Pairings for Paolo Leo Riserva Salice Salentino
80% Negroamaro, considered the flagship grape in the Salice Salentino region, this 2007 Riserva has an intense ruby red shade with reflections of dark orange and a unique aroma of red berries and fresh herbs. We were happy to find it so well balanced and full bodied with lasting flavors of dried fruits on the palate. Enjoy with friends!