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50th Vendemmia Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva DOC 2008


Wine Description

Leone de Castris specializes in traditional Apulian wines. This exceptional wine commemorates the winery's 50th anniversary vintage, or "vendemmia," which has been featured on the label since 2004. This wine is made from hand-harvested, select grapes from the Salice Salentino DOC, a picturesque wine region dotted with ancient watchtowers and old farmhouses, just north of the village of Lecce.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby-red in color, concentrated aromas of black cherries and baked red fruits complement undertones of plums, spices, vanilla, and anise. On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body frame the long, delectable finish of stewed strawberries and vanilla beans.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with well-aged steaks, demi-glaces, barbecue, and farsumagru.

  • Vineyard & Production Info

    • Production area/appellation: Salice Salentino DOC
    • Vineyard size: 250 acres
    • Soil composition: Clay-Loam
    • Training method: Bush
    • Elevation: 165 feet
    • Vines/acre: 2,800
    • Yield/acre: 2.8 tons
    • Exposure: Southwestern
    • Year vineyard planted: 1952
    • Harvest time: September
    • First vintage of this wine: 1954
    • Bottles produced of this wine: 500,000
  • Winemaking & Aging

    • Varietal composition: 90% Negroamaro and 10% Malvasia Nera
    • Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
    • Length of alcoholic fermentation: 12 days
    • Fermentation temperature: 72-75 °F
    • Maceration technique: Racking, Pumpovers, and Aeration
    • Length of maceration: 12 days
    • Malolactic fermentation: Yes
    • Type of aging container: Cask
    • Size of aging container: 65 HL
    • Age of aging container: Five years
    • Type of oak: French
    • Length of aging before bottling: 12 months
    • Length of bottle aging: 3 months
  • Analytical Data

    • Alcohol: 13.2 %
    • pH level: 3.6
    • Residual sugar: 3.9 g/L
    • Acidity: 5.2 g/L
    • Dry extract: 34.0 g/L