Cantele Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva 2013

Synopsis, Our Opinion: The perfect Italian house red.

Producer/Winery: Cantele Azienda Vinicola; Guagnano, Italy.

Grape Variety: Negroamaro.

Geographic Appellation: Salice Salentino; Puglia, Italy.

Vintage: 2013

Price: $9.95

Purchased From: Woodland Hills Wine Company; Woodland Hills, California and another Matt Bayless wine selection.

Paired With: Homemade pizza topped with pesto sauce, grilled chicken, green bell peppers, caramelized onions and mozzarella cheese.


    Opened one and a half hour before drinking. Clear, purple/garnet color with the same color rim. Dominant cherry and lesser amounts of plum, raspberry and garden variety lilac blossom (Syringa vulgaris) aromas. Very supple, fresh, rich, smooth, medium-light body and a 200-grit texture. Dry tart fruit flavors with lots of dusty licorice and spice in the taste, fresh acidity, plenty of supple tannins and a spicy clove and peppery finish. WOW this brings back memories of Italian red wines we bought in Tuscany to have with a pasta dinners…MEMORABLE!!! Now how do you top that??? Well if you live in the Los Angeles area, run don’t walk, to the Woodland Hills Wine Company on Ventura Blvd. and buy as many bottles as you can carry. This is a very appealing wine and an ALL TIME BARGAIN. Also, if you open it two hours before drinking it will taste like a $40 Italian Wine!!! It’s the perfect Italian house red.

The third generation of Cantele's: Gianni, Paolo, Umberto and Luisa
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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 16898 40100 2

Imported by: Vias Imports; New York, New York.