“Fifty years ago,” writes Italian editor Alison Napjus on the Wine Spectator website, “Puglia’s wines were best known for their cutrate prices and ability to blend big structure and flavor into lighter reds from the country’s north. Today, good value is still an attractive feature of many of the region’s wines, but it goes hand in hand with much greater quality overall. Puglian producers have changed their perspective in the past 20 years or so, lowering yields, reclaiming old or abandoned vineyards, and investing in technology and infrastructure.”
It’s great to see that more and more editors are looking beyond Piedmont and Tuscany for Italy’s best wines and values.
And here’s Alison’s review of the 2011 Salice Salentino:
CANTELE Salice Salentino Riserva 2011
Juicy flavors of ripe wild strawberry and red licorice mark the start to this light to
medium-bodied red, with supple tannins lending some structure and weight. Savory accents of garrigue, loamy earth and star anise echo on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 20,833 cases made.—A.N.