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This Salice Salentino Riserva is one of the best we've ever tasted. It is fashioned in Puglia, Italy, often referred to as the heel of the boot. For a very long time, this area was home to bulk wine producers. Because of the warm climate in the vineyards, local winemakers made large, alcoholic wines to add strength to weaker vintages in the wines of the North.
As the climate changed, their grapes were no longer needed for this purpose, so a critical path had to be crossed. The winemakers of Puglia could not exist making bulk wine for blending. They had to make wines that could stand on their own in order to survive.
Their savior was Puglia's very own indigenous grape, Negroamaro. When carefully grown and vinified, this grape can stand next to almost any in the world. It produces wines of breathless presence and flavor that have been a favorite of aficionados for decades.
This Riserva is handled very specifically, as it represents the best grapes from the best parcels and is aged in oak to add complexity and length. The result is a grand wine with gorgeous color. Its nose of plum and anise and flavors of blackberry, cherry and licorice are all held in check by the luscious tannins.
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