Salice Salentino Riserva, 2011. Tenuta Boncore

Salice Salentino Riserva, 2011. Tenuta Boncore

Item #: V0318R3II
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Salice Salentino Riserva
Vineyard/Appellation: Salice Salentino D.O.P., Italy
Color: Medium Purple
Nose: Black Plum, Spice
Palate: Rich, Dense Cherry
Finish: Very Long with Soft Tannins
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Red Meat, Game/Alcohol: 14.0%

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Boncore is part of the Cantina San Donaci co-operative founded over 80 years ago in Apulia. Most of the wine made here had historically been sent to other parts of the country to help fortify other areas' wines in poor vintages. However, Boncore is in Salentino, the finest wine-growing area in Apulia. It is responsible for turning the entire area around financially.

Apulia is at the southeastern tip of Italy and is a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water. The wines here had been coarse in flavor and high in alcohol until Dr. Cosimo Taurino decided to make something special with his prized grape, the Negroamaro.

He lowered yields, used oak barrels and practiced careful selection of grapes to produce astounding wines in an area which, until then, had produced jug wines. It didn't take long for other vineyards in the area to follow suit, and the result is that Salice Salentino is recognized as one of the great wines of Italy. It is the only D.O.P. (Denominazione d'Origine Protetta, or protected area) in Salento.

Taurino turned Negroamaro into a household name. It's now planted all over Southern Italy, especially in Apulia and Sicily, where it produces exceptional wines. The laws here dictate that the yields must be held down to produce ripe, concentrated grapes.

The Riserva designation must spend an extra year in the barrel and bottle to expand the flavors. The result is a monumental wine with deep color and extract, and amazing flavors of plum, cherry and anise.