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Castel Serranova, Salento, Vallone 2018
Red Wine from Italy - S Italy and Islands
This heady, perfumed red from southern Italy charmed our 2022 Wine Champions tasters with its ‘sweet, scented fruit’ and notes of violets, ripe cherries and herbal hints. It’s made from late-harvested negroamaro, blended with the local susumaniello grape, and is well-worth trying.
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- Red Wine
- Now to 2025
- 14% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
Basking in the balmy, Adriatic-cooled microlimate of the Salento peninsula in Puglia, on Italy’s heel, Agricole Vallone is a large, multi-tasking agricultural concern, with 170 hectares of vines interspersed with other crops, mostly olive trees, artichokes and vegetables. It was founded in 1934, but like others at the time, sold grapes to the local co-operative. It was only in the late 1990s that it began bottling its own wines, but it quickly made its name with its flagship wine, Graticciaia, a partially barrel-aged red made largely from negromaro grapes dried on mats (graticci) in the Autumn sunshine. Designated IGT Salento, this is a very special wine with powerful, concentrated flavours that ages beautifully. For more informal drinking, DOC Brindisi Rosso and its rosato equivalent from the Flaminio estate are hugely popular with members.
Lustrous mid to deep ruby. Classy, cool red-fruit nose with a hint of laurel. Damson and cherry with a touch of sweet oak on the palate. Rustic tannins framing the creamy, somewhat rich red fruit....Lustrous mid to deep ruby. Classy, cool red-fruit nose with a hint of laurel. Damson and cherry with a touch of sweet oak on the palate. Rustic tannins framing the creamy, somewhat rich red fruit. Generous but without being heavy. Has popular appeal while being rustic at the same time. 15.5/20