Some of you might remember that I wrote a quite fond review for this wine’s 2007 Riserva, if you don’t you can find it here. It is available at Trader Joe’s for $5.99. Let me just repost some of the information on Salice Salentino from my previous post:
“Salice Salentino is a red wine from Southern Italy and has had DOC (denominanzione di origine controllata) status since 1976. The village it is named after is in the heel of the Italian boot. The main grape in a salice salentino is negroamaro, which is generally described as a rustic and earthy grape.
This red has 80% negroamaro and 20% malvasia nera in it. It has 13% ABV.”
The wine poured in a dark, blackberry red into the glass. On the nose, I initially got some floral notes, possibly violets, then some mint. The wine smelled very”fresh”, not sure how else to describe it, with hints of acidity. On the palate the first impression was very spicy and floral. It had a medium bodied mouth-feel to it and the fruit I noticed was strawberry. There was a nice acidity in this wine that kept it fresh. The finish was herbal and tangy with some leather notes, and of medium length. It was a tad too acidic for my taste, but all in all a pretty decent and interesting red.
This 2009 vintage tasted significantly different from the 2007 vintage. It lacked the depth that I seem to remember (probably because I don’t get much leather and tobacco in this one), but it was still an enjoyable wine. I also am never quite sure whether I remember wines that I liked in the past more fondly than they actually were…but that is another story.The acidity is definitely more prominent and the wine seems lighter and fresher in total. I am pretty certain I will buy this one again.