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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

The beautiful southern Italian region of Puglia is a particularly fascinating wine region for fans of modern Italian produce. For much of the twentieth century, the region was considered one associated primarily with the kind of mass produced, dull Italian wine which almost cost the country its reputation in the 1970s. However, Puglian wine makers today are determined to prove to the world that their wineries and native grape varietals can match those of Italy's more famous regions, and have been on a mission to produce stunning wines made in the traditional, distinctive Puglian style. This generally means wines with big characters, a relatively high alcohol content, and plenty of dark, deep, complex fruit flavors and aromas; wines which are unique, made with traditional methods and techniques, and which are utterly delicious and inviting.

Country: Italy

Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.
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