2013 Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva

SKU #1272665 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I'm not sure how you could possibly beat a deal this good. A 90/10 blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce, the 2013 Salice Salentino Riserva 50 Vendemmia is given Riserva status because the wine is released two years after the harvest. The wine presents a bold and shapely body of fruit with ripe berry and black cherry on prime view. There are thicker accents of dried prune and plum at the back. The wine reveals a bold and determined style that is in line with the wine style of Puglia. 90+ (ML)  (8/2016)

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 Savory accents of forest floor and game meet sweet, sun-dried cherry and black licorice notes in this chewy, medium-bodied red. (AN)  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2016 | Send Email
Down in the heel of Italy's boot is a small DOC in Pulgia called Salice Salentino. They are best known for dark, deep and earthy wines. The Leone De Castris is no excpetion, but in my opinion, has a little more fineness than expected. While the nose and palate are full of flavors of black plums and figs with a rounded mouth feel from the time in barrel, the acidity is focused and driven and effortlessly helps the palate transition from dusty tannins and earth to rich fruit and woody spices. The best part is the wine can stand up to those big, flavorful braised dishes we all crave during the chilly winter months!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is full of plums, leather and wild herbs that gracefully emerge from the glass. On the palate you get an initial sensation that is full bodied, richly textured and smooth, then the acidity picks up and freshens, lengthens and leaves a wonderful back end complexity. The flavors are savory, braised meats, leather, cooked plums with hints of spice and herbs gently coming forward and leaving a long and substantial finish. Leone de Castris always seems to produce this Salice Salentino with exceptional balance, it is truly a great deal, try it with your favorite pasta!
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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2016 | Send Email
Every now and again a previously unbeknownst-to-me wine will surprise me by hitting all the right notes in exciting ways—this is definitely one of those. This mostly negroamaro blend seems to tell the story of its southern Italy environment with savory aromas of earth, leather, potpourri, mushrooms and ripe bush berries and plum. This savory fruit profile is held up by a plush tannic structure and just the right amount of acid to keep the finish crisp and interesting, making you want to take the ride all over again with another sip. Delicious stuff.​

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2016 | Send Email
When it comes to outstanding red wines from Puglia with excellent value/price ratio, Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva remains at the top of our list. Their 2013 (50th Anniversary bottling) has just landed and it's as good as ever. Wonderful aromas of blackberry, black cherry, dark plum and dried spices are complemented by a seamless and richly fruited palate. Additionally, the winery manages to avoid the overripe, baked fruit qualities found in so many of the wines from Puglia making this especially great. A wonderful table red that shines with meats and cheeses.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5