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Salice Salentino Riserva, Vallone 2019
Generous, intense, blackcurrant-infused Puglian red from old, bush-trained negroamaro vines on Vallone's San Pacrazio vineyard, softened by time in old oak barrels. A quintessential winter warmer.
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- Red Wine
- Now to 2026
- 13.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, diam
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.
Negroamaro. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Deep strawberry nose with hints of damson. Supple strawberry and cherry fruit palate that is a little simpler than the nose while the well-managed, soft tannins...Negroamaro. Mid ruby with orange tinges. Deep strawberry nose with hints of damson. Supple strawberry and cherry fruit palate that is a little simpler than the nose while the well-managed, soft tannins add a bit of bite. Creamy note on the finish, no doubt from the malolactic conversion. Apparently some dried grapes normally used for the sweet passito Graticciaia had been added to the fermentation tank. Good value. 16/20