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Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

Posted By Joel on July 3, 2013

Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

FOUND
*** Red Wine of Stunning Quality & Value ***

Near Moody Street at Pine
100% Negromaro

Found June 21 2013

Has Sexy Black Label
Elegant Silver Letters
Reads: Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009

Please Contact: Your Local Wine Shop

Miraculously, a red wine of stunning quality and value has been found unharmed. The bottle was discovered inside a local wine shop in excellent condition and is in good health ;-)

cantele-salice-salentino-riserva-20091Certainly, I am not the first to “find” this bottle: the wine is a Tre Bicchieri winner (Gambero Rosso). But, neither shall I be the last. Wines that deliver this level of quality and value deserve to be talked about every day and put solidly on the buying radar of wine lovers new and old.

I’ll leave you a link below to an earlier post with more about Cantele. But, for now, more about this great Negromaro from Puglia:

Negromaro grapes grown in calcareous soil are de-stemmed and crushed. Maceration is carried out over 10 days. Fermentation using selected yeasts. After malolactic, the wine is aged between 6-12 months spent in 2nd / 3rd passage barriques.

Tasting Notes / Impressions:

Flavors of gorgeous, achingly ripe red and dark fruits, not at all cooked, really sing on a sensuous palate warmed by perfectly balanced alcohol. There is a sense of earthiness, yet in a very soft, polished way. Notes of milk chocolate, hint of herb. Good acidity keeps it all fresh. Love the sleek tannins. Hands down one of the best bargain bottles I have ever tasted.

Food Pairing Suggestions:

Just the right level of acidity makes this Salice a great table wine. Recommend baked ziti; roasted or grilled meats, especially good with grilled lamb scented with rosemary; eggplant parmigiana; medium aged cheeses.

Related post: Cantele Primitivo Salento

About the author

Joel

Joel Mack has worked for a celebrated importer / distributor of Italian wines and continues to study the wines and winemaking of Italy. He has advised many restaurants in making their Italian wine list selections and has provided training to restaurant staff. Today, Joel conducts wine classes and leads specialized private and corporate tastings of Italian wines. Joel carried out his higher education at a highly regarded College of Music and continues to extend an artistic point of view to Italian wine, balanced with factual information about wine, its nature and identity. By day, he applies his time to collaborative software technology. Joel can be contacted at joel at vintrospective dot com.

Comments

2 Responses to “Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2009”

  1. I remember your previous post on this wine (as a matter of fact, it’s why I started following you because I like this wine as much as you do). When I started reading this, I thought to myself, I wish I would have thought of this! The “conceit” in brilliant… great post, Joel!

  2. joel says:

    Jeremy, thanks for stopping by, man, and for the kind words. Yea, I happened to see a “kitten found” poster on the street and it got me to thinkin’, lol. Appreciate the positive feedback !

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