Back in the day, Dr. Cosimo Taurino’s wonderful Salice Salentino Riserva introduced me to the pleasures of southern Italian wines. Mea culpa: I sold Taurino products to make my living, but they’re truly wonderful wines.
Palamá’s Arcangelo Salice Salentino reminded me how much I enjoy wines from this part of the world. I do have some quabbles: while the percentages vary, depending on what one reads, DOC regulations require the classic Negroamaro to be blended with Malvasia Nera. What’s up with 20% Primitivo in the blend, and not a drop of Malvasia Nera?
My other issue – and Palamá isn’t the only offender here, by far – is the vintage date hidden on the back label, in small print. It’s like there’s something to hide. I’m old school on this: put the vintage date on the front where it belongs, please.
OK, I’m done with venting. This wine is a really good value for the money. The bouquet is a classic combination of roasted plums, blackberries and toasted spices like cloves. The palate is classic southern Italian: full, classic roasted fruit flavorsw with a good lashing of acidity. This is well worth seeking out.