2014 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva

Year: 2014
Appellation: Puglia
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 86
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :


"The 2014 Salice Salentino Riserva is a heavy and concentrated wine with prune, raisin and blackberry jelly. The wine is hearty and dense with sweet flavors on the finish that are interwoven tightly with equally savory characteristics. Despite those big bones, this wine from Cantele ultimately offers good balance and a very clean and correct drinking style. It a great value, too.

This dynamic winery in the southern tip of Puglia shows some of the best values across the board in this roundup of Italian wines priced under $25. Congratulations to the winemaking team at Cantele for achieving such remarkable volume versus value margins. Case production on the three wines listed here are pretty big, ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 bottles of each wine." (WA)

"Sarsaparilla, cherry and blackberry show medium intensity on the nose. Light in feel, with juicy dark fruit flavors shot through with pomegranate acidity, the palate is supported by medium-grained tannins. A light cherry cola flavor rounds out the finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Cantele deftly cultivates this late-ripening, native varietal to ensure that the final wine is ­balanced without overbearing alcohol levels, a peril of winemaking in hot climates. While this wine can be enjoyed immediately, it also has the structure and depth to age for 3-4 years.