2016 Salice Salentino Riserva
The Puglia Region – provinces of Brindisi and Lecce – has been cultivated for over 1500 years. Lots of limey soil, which this grape likes.
There are two schools of thought on the origin of the Negroamaro’s name. The first is that it is a modern Italian translation (where negro means black and amaro means bitter) referring to the variety’s dark colouring and savory flavours. However, the hot southern extremity of Italy is known to produce ripe red wines with high sugar levels, so bitter should not be taken too literally. The second school of thought employs a Latin-Greek interpretation and says it means dark black, a reference to Negroamaro’s intense colour.
Rich, black fruit flavours. Medium structure with a lovely balance. Each sip grows on you. I like the earthiness.
I’d certainly use this again … maybe instead of a Chianti
You’all know what sausages look like on the plate (apricot with goat cheese), and you know what perogies look like (potato/bacon/onion), so we will dispense with the pictures of the plate. Suffice to say that they were yummy, with sheep yogurt instead of sour cream with the perogies.