2003 Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva

2003 Epicuro Salice Salentino RiservaPrice: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by D’Aquino Italian Imports

What They Said:

Per snooth.com “A great value, I’d be happy to drink this on a regular basis. It’s a blend of 80% negroamaro and 20% malvasia nera, with mineral and berry notes. It is dry, and light-bodied for a red wine. Some may find this a little watery, but it has a flavorful finish. No heavy alcohol fumes or need to breathe first, like so many wines at this price point.”

What I Think:

After trying their Aglianico I was willing to try the rest of their offerings. Like the previous bottle and the Nero d’ Avola I’ve previously enjoyed this wine was also from southern Italy. This one was a blend of 80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera which immediately sends me to Wikipedia as I have heard of neither. Negroamaro is grown almost exclusively in Puglia which is also the home of Primitivo (a relative of Zinfandel) which I have much enjoyed. All signs seem to be pointing in this ones favor.

On opening my interest is piqued. The nose was full of earth and herbs. On the palate more of the same, very earthy and robust with hints of cherries. The finish was long and flavorful, with fruit tailing off to a woody, smoky ending. Another keeper from southern Italy which has clearly put itself on my map.

Rating: Buy It

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8 thoughts on “2003 Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva

  1. Eric brought over another bottle of this the other night. Still finding this one interesting, good thing as I still have two bottles in the rack!

  2. I’m enjoying some of the ’04 vintage right now and am very impressed! It has the earthy aromas and rich, ripe mid-palate flavors I usually find in my favorite Spanish wines. I think I like this better than the Epicuro Aglianico!

  3. My first bottle was lovely. The next bottle, I will pay more attention and register the various pleasures. All I remember is a pleasant nose, reasonably complex mid-taste, and enough finish to remind me that I’m drinking a wine good enough to serve with aplomb.

  4. Just opened a bottle of the 2005 vintage and I’m impressed, especially at a $5 price point. More dried fruit than ripe, nice Euro-dryness but not extreme. I won’t try to identify the fruit types but overall it doesn’t have too many rough edges and has some character. It tastes like a European wine but one that domestic wine drinkers should enjoy.

  5. Jason, you gotta try the 2006 vintage of this wine. I must say that it’s my favorite so far. Let me know what you think!

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