Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 2010
Other Red Wine from Southern Italy, Italy
The Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva displays ruby red color with garnet streaks that coat the glass. Notes of candied fruits and spices on the nose that transition to underbrush, tea and amber hints. Tannins and acidity find a pleasant balance.
Pair with roast veal, lamb, game and ripe cheeses
International Wine Cellar - "Good full ruby-red. Dark cherry and graphite aromas are lifted by an enticing spicy character. Supple, spicy and sweet, offering an uncanny combination of vibrancy, fat and density. Finishes suave and long, with fine, sweet tannins and very good lift."
This winery was founded in 1979 by Giovanni Cantele and his two sons Augusto and Domenico, and is the result of ten years experience in the wine business in the Salentino area. Cantele's latest investments have served to increase their presence in the DOC zone of Salice Salentino in the commune of Guagnano, where they grow the local Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera and Primitivo varieties. View all Cantele Wines
About Southern ItalyView a map of Southern Italy wineries Abruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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5 ratings, 3 with reviewsTroy Mawyer - Berlin, MD412/10/2014
I love this wine. Smooth and supple is certainly the name of the game here. Drinks well by itself or accompanying food. Taste like…well…grapes. Juicy, delicious grapes. Hard to find a better wine at this price.William Moore - San Francisco, CA56/20/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Really tasty. The most interesting wines these days are coming from southern Italy made from grape varieties known and used by the ancient Romans and fortunately these grape varieties are being revived. Thankfully, People like Mastroberdino, Feudi di San Gregorio and several others are producing wines from almost extinct grape varietals, thus allowing us to drink like Romani Veri, True Romans, Alla Salute!hrndfrg - Huntsville, TX410/7/2014littlemiss3204 - Boston, MA48/23/2014anthony montemuro - Brentwood, TN47/16/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Great bargain on a versatile food friendly wine. Core of ripe red plums and cherries with tons of savory spice, good acidity and soft tannins. Well balanced. Benefits from plenty of aeration.
- Earth & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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