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  1. CANTELE 2014 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA

    Item #: i_301094
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  2. COSIMO TAURINO 2010 ROSSO SALENTO "NOTARPANARO"

    Item #: i_305967
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "One of the truly historic names in Puglian wine." – Vinous Media

    "Consumer alert - these are dazzling bargains!" – Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    In Puglia, well-known as one of Italy's largest bulk wine growing regions, Cosimo Taurino stands out as a rare beacon of estate-bottled quality. The estate's long-established respect for their terroir and native varieties is inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is indisputable. Their wines are benchmarks to which the other wines of the region are compared, both in quality and in value.

    The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wine in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Their mission was simple, but not so easy: protect the legacy of the estate by continuing with the traditions that had made them so famous. Today they have eighty hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia, expressing the terroir of Salento through the lens of their beloved native varieties, showcasing earthy, spicy, and fruity notes and an authentic and down-to-earth winemaking style.

    Notapanaro comes the name of the original farm on which the Taurino family began making wine. Comprised of 100% Negroamaro from a single 25 ha. plot with an average vine age of over 30 years, the soils are shallow, rocky, and iron-rich. Here again, the influence of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas adds a very specific saline quality to the wines. Farming is done sustainably, harvest, by hand, and fermentation and aging occurs in concrete, followed by a period of 6 months in barrique before bottling. This is a highly-individual, full-flavored, tobacco and leather-scented wine that speaks to the traditions of a bygone era. Incredibly delicious, and an almost unheard-of value for just $16.95.

    Gravitas, layers, depth-- the nose exudes scents of balsa wood, Indian spices, pepper and garrique, sweetened by notes of dried strawberries, mulberry and persimmon fruits. Lush, savory and sweet. In the mouth, the journey continues, true to its olfactory roots. We taste more strawberries and ripe red fruits in the foreground, dusted with a breath of salinity, bolstered by an underpinning of Earl Grey tea. Elegant and balanced by lush tannins, this wine is in a perfect spot right now. The finish was brilliant, elongated and rife with echoes of the flavors and scents found within. Really lovely wine!
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  3. COSIMO TAURINO 2010 SALICE SALENTINO RISERVA

    Item #: i_305484
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "One of the truly historic names in Puglian wine." – Vinous Media

    “Consumer alert - these are dazzling bargains!” – Robert M. Parker, Jr.

    In Puglia, one of Italy’s largest bulk wine growing regions, Taurino stands head and shoulders above the rest as a beacon of estate-bottled quality. The estate’s respect for terroir and native varieties is truly inspiring, and their impact on the vinous history of Puglia is undoubtable. Their wines are the benchmarks to which the other wines of the region are compared, both in quality and in value.

    The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wine in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Their mission was simple, but not so easy: to protect the legacy of the estate by continuing the traditions that had made them so famous. Today they have eighty hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia, expressing the terroir of Salento through the lens of their native varieties, showcasing earthy, spicy, and fruity notes and an authentic and down-to-earth winemaking style.

    From 15 to 20-year-old vines planted at 100 meters above sea level, the 2010 Salice Salentino comes from vineyards located in the area of Guagnano, which is cooled by the winds coming from both the Ionian and the Adriatic seas, lending a saline character to the wines. Sustainably-farmed Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera are picked together, after which the final blend is determined not in the cellar, but by the overall percentages of plantings on the property (80-90% Negroamaro, 10-20% Malvasia Nera). They are de-stemmed, crushed, and transferred to stainless steel vats, after which alcoholic fermentation and maceration lasts for fifteen days, followed by racking and natural malolactic fermentation. The wine then ages in medium-toast French oak barrels (2+ years old) for sixteen months before bottling. The result is an delicious, spicy, and tobacco-scented wine of great classicism and character, and a more than remarkable value at just $13.99!

    Tasting notes - The nose is filled with perfumed red fruits, salted plums and mulberries, incense, rose petal and oolong tea. In the mouth the fruit continues with plums, cherries and strawberries balanced by black tea, English tobacco, forward acidity and moderate tannins-- the balance is perfect; a classicist's dream wine. Red berry fruits and forest floor revel in the lengthy finish. Drinks more like a $30+ wine.
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  4. COSIMO TAURINO 2011 PATRIGLI, SALENTO NEGROMARO

    Item #: i_303847
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Born from the insights and passion of Cosimo Taurino, the unforgettable protagonist of Apulian viticulture from the seventies, this wine is the ultimate expression of the great potential of the Negroamaro grape. The Patriglione is a wine that has had a very important role in the history of viticulture in Southern Italy. In his best years he proved that even in the South could be obtained red wines that are not only distinguished themselves for power, concentration and “exuberance” taste. The Patriglione all this added complexity, dynamic taste, harmony.
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  5. POLVANERA 2017 PRIMITIVO

    Item #: i_301635
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER NOTES - "Intense aroma of little berries (blackberry, sour cherry, ripe cherry) and delicate notes of flowers (violet) and fresh herb (wild mint). On the palate, it's full and long, with a velvety texture that ends with scents of almond."
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  6. ZACINTO 2017 NEGROAMARO

    Item #: i_305917
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC

    Negroamaro is a black grape variety which is grown all over Puglia and especially in the southern part of the region, known as the Salento. Negroamaro is valued for its deep color, medium-full tannins and dark berryfruit flavors. It is mildly aromatic and can produce complex wines that show characteristics of ground brown spices such as clove, cinnamon and allspice.
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