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Red wines : Apulia

Apulia is a long, relatively level region with a prolific production of wine. In the past, the region often surpassed Sicily and Veneto in output. As traditional markets for strong blending wines have diminished, Apulia’s producers have increasingly put the accent on premium quality. Some have come forth with good to excellent wines: dry, balanced reds, whites and rosés, as well as sweet wines from a great range of grape varieties, both native and foreign.

Apulia can be divided roughly into two viticultural sectors: To the north, the terrain is rolling to hilly and the climate is temperate. Dry wines from there tend to have moderate strength, with impressive fruit, good acidity and ample bouquet. Red wines generally derive from the native Uva di Troia or Bombino Nero, as well as Montepulciano and Sangiovese. White wines are dominated by the Verdeca variety, though Bianco d’Alessano, Malvasia, Trebbiano and Bombino Bianco are also evident.

The leading DOC zone of northern Apulia is Castel del Monte. It has a fine rosé and a full-bodied red that often gains stature with age. In much of the north the emphasis is on red wines under such DOCs as Rosso Canosa, Rosso Barletta and Rosso di Cerignola. Just north of the Brindisi-Taranto line white wines dominate, in particular those of the Locorotondo and the Martina Franca. Throughout the region experimentation is under way with international varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon among the whites; Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Nero and Syrah among the reds.

South of the Brindisi-Taranto line lies Salento, a peninsula of low, rolling hills that extends between the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the easternmost point of Italy. Salento’s traditional wines were the powerful, inky reds from Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. But increasing attention is being given to fresher reds and rosés, as well as to some unexpectedly bright and fruity white wines.

Primitivo di Manduria, the early ripening variety of Salento is related to California’s Zinfandel. Primitivo from a new wave of producers has shown undeniable class. Salice Salentino stands out for its robust red and refined rosé, though wines from such appellations as Squinzano, Brindisi, Alezio and Copertino can show unexpected class.

The Salento IGT applies to red wines that often carry individual names. White wines also show promise, Chardonnay in particular, though Salento is also renowned for flowery rosés that rank with Italy’s finest.
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Rocca dei Mori - Primitivo Salento Briacò 2003
Rocca dei Mori - Primitivo Salento Briacò 2003
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  5 reviews   
Rocca dei Mori - Primitivo Salento Briacò 2006
Rocca dei Mori - Primitivo Salento Briacò 2006
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  4 reviews   
Tenute Rubino - Marmorelle 2008
Tenute Rubino - Marmorelle 2008
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Good  3 reviews   
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2006
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2006
Castel del Monte DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  3 reviews   
Torrea del Sale - Sotto il Sole Negroamaro 2005
Torrea del Sale - Sotto il Sole Negroamaro 2005
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Good  3 reviews   
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2005
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2005
Castel del Monte DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Satisfying  3 reviews   
Gelso Nero - Uva di Troia 2011
Gelso Nero - Uva di Troia 2011
Apulia (Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
A. Mano - Negroamaro 2008
A. Mano - Negroamaro 2008
Apulia (Italy)
Satisfying  2 reviews   
Diomede - Nero Di Troia 2008
Diomede - Nero Di Troia 2008
Puglia IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  2 reviews   
Tenute Rubino - Primitivo 2008
Tenute Rubino - Primitivo 2008
Apulia (Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
Cielo - Primitivo 2007
Cielo - Primitivo 2007
Puglia IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
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Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2007
Torrevento - Castel del Monte Riserva - Vigna Pedale 2007
Castel del Monte DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  2 reviews   
Mondo del Vino - Salice Salentino 2006
Mondo del Vino - Salice Salentino 2006
Salice Salentino DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
Torrea del Sale - Sotto il Sole Negroamaro 2006
Torrea del Sale - Sotto il Sole Negroamaro 2006
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  2 reviews   
Vecchia Torre - Salice Salentino 2006
Vecchia Torre - Salice Salentino 2006
Salice Salentino DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
Apollonio Copertino 2004
Apollonio Copertino 2004
Copertino DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Very good  2 reviews   
Sud - Malvasia Nera 2004
Sud - Malvasia Nera 2004
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
Excellent  2 reviews   
Due Palme - Salice Salentino 2003
Due Palme - Salice Salentino 2003
Salice Salentino DOC (Apulia, Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
Ambo - Supremo - Edition 1 Sangiovese Merlot
Ambo - Supremo - Edition 1 Sangiovese Merlot
Apulia (Italy)
Good  2 reviews   
Color: intense red, Aroma: red berries fruits smell are catching your nose, while...
Cignomoro - Otto Cento Negroamaro 2012
Cignomoro - Otto Cento Negroamaro 2012
Salento IGT (Apulia, Italy)
1 review   
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