Leone de Castris, Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva (2014)
Grapes: Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera
Geography: Puglia, Italy
Appellation: Salice Salentino
Leone de Castris specializes in traditional wines. This exceptional wine commemorates the winery’s 50th anniversary vintage, or “vendemmia,” which has been featured on the label since 2004. This wine is made from hand-harvested, select grapes from the Salice Salentino DOC, a picturesque wine region dotted with ancient watchtowers and old farmhouses, just north of the village of Lecce.
Intense ruby-red in color, concentrated aromas of black cherries and baked red fruits complement undertones of plums, spices, vanilla, and anise. On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body frame the long, delectable finish of stewed strawberries and vanilla beans.
Pair this wine with well-aged steaks, demi-glaces, barbecue, and farsumagru.