On the nose it displays fruity notes of blackberry and black cherry, along with notes of basil and sweet spices due to the refinement in oak barrels. On the palate it is extraordinarely rich, full-bodied, smooth and well-balanced. Long fruity finish.
The Leone de Castris family has been making wines in Salice Salentino for over three centuries, a small village in the region of Puglia, rich in vineyards and olive trees. In 1665 Duke Oronzo, Earl of Lemos, started the company on the very spot where today’s cellar stands. He became enchanted by this landscape and decided to sell all his properties in Spain in order to draw the best from the Salentine-rich terroir. At the beginning of the 19th century, the winery had become to export bulk wine to the United States, Germany, and France until, with Piero and Lisetta Leone de Castris at the helm, the company started bottling its own wines. The winery produces a wide range of red and white DOC wines (Salice Salentino, Primitivo di Manduria) and interesting IGT Salento and Puglia wines.
Salice Salentino is a DOC of the Puglia wine region in the southeast of Italy. This is the area of Italy generally referred to as the "heel of the boot" along the south-eastern Salento peninsula. The area centers on the small town of Salice on the Salento peninsula, and spreads out to the north and west. The area gained its DOC status in the same year as its neighbor Squinzano, and just a few years before Leverano (1979).
Negroamaro is the flavor of the day in Salice Salentino. It's a dark-skinned grape variety and the name translates to 'bitter black'. Most commonly found in a blend, alongside Primitivo, Malvasia Nera, Sangiovese or Montepulciano, Negroamaro is valued for its deep color, medium-full tannins and dark berry fruit flavors.