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Leone De Castris Salice Salentino Donna Lisa Riserva 2005

Leone De Castris - Puglia - Italy - Salice Salentino

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Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2005 Donna Lisa Rosso Riserva is a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera aged in French oak. Here the fruit is dark, rich and weighty, while hints of licorice and leather add complexity on the close. The French oak gives the Riserva much of its textural volume, but frankly I find just as much beauty in the Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 50th Vendemmia. Puglia's indigenous red varieties are so fascinating; they hardly need much make up to reveal their beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.
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Winery: Leone De Castris

Varietal: Negroamaro

Negroamaro grapes have been grown in the Puglia region of southern Italy for centuries, where they have long been admired for their fairly intense flavors and the fact that they produce beautiful deep and dark wines, full of complexity and rustic character. It is believed that they were brought by traders from Asia Minor sometime at the beginning of the last millennium, but they have found their home in the warm and sunny Salento peninsular on the Mediterranean coast. Here, the Negroamaro grapes are used in single variety bottles, where their strength and earthy bitterness takes center stage. They are also often used as a blending grape, as their powerful character and ability to add color and body to wines is a highly prized attribute often needed by vintners when looking to add something extra to their blend.

Region: Puglia

In the very south of Italy, in the heel of the country's 'boot', we find the beautiful and sun drenched region of Puglia. Puglian wines suffered from a poor reputation throughout much of the twentieth century, with the region being generally associated with mass produced wines, more concerned with bulk and quantity than the quality of the produce. However, the past decade has seen a concerted effort on the part of the vintners of Puglia to do away with the region's negative connotations, and Puglian wines have undergone something of a renaissance. With awards and acclaim being piled upon the region, there has never been a better time to explore these characterful, flavorful and deeply exciting wines, packed as they are with big, boisterous dark fruit flavors and interesting attributes.

Country: Italy

For several decades in the mid to late twentieth century, Italy's reputation for quality wines took a fairly serious blow. This was brought about partly due to lack of regulation in certain regions, and too much regulation in others. This led to several wineries in the beautiful and highly fertile region of Tuscany making the bold move to work outside of the law, which they saw as responsible for the drop in quality in Tuscan wines. They believed that they had the expertise and the generations of experience necessary with which to make truly excellent, world class wines, and set about doing just that. These 'Super Tuscans', as they came to be known, quickly inspired the rest of Italy to improve their produce, and now, Italian wine producers in the twenty-first century are widely recognised to be amongst the best in the world. Regulation and law began to change, and wine drinkers across the globe woke up to the outstanding wines coming out of Italy, which are continuing to improve and impress to this day.