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2006 Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva

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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 50th Vendemmia (Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera) is a very pretty, nuanced wine laced with wild cherries, plums, graphite and spices. Silky tannins frame an exceptional, elegant finish. This cask-aged Salice Salentino is a gem, not to mention an absolute steal for the money. The 50th Vendemmia celebrates the estate's 50th vintage in grand style. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2016. These new releases from Leone de Castris are some of the finest wines I have ever tasted from this property. Consulting oenologist Riccardo Cotarella arrived in 2006 but only began making the wines from start to finish in 2008."

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2011 | Send Email
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When I first tasted this wine my eyes just lit up; it has everything I like in Salice Salentino. I love wine's from this DOC when they're more balanced, earthier and spicier.(They always have richness and fruit, but when lead by balance and spice the wine's have a liveliness that really is exciting.) A perfect match for a summertime mixed grill or your favorite pasta!

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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5