Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WHY WINE: Joeshico Wine Review; La Corte Salice Salentino 2006

I just sat down and opened a wine that I have not had in quite some time. Salice Salentino
The town, Salice Salentino that gave the name to this wine is in the Salento Peninsula in Puglia in the heel of Italy. The dominant grape is the Negroamaro which has been planted in the region for centuries.
While wine shopping last week at my favorite "Mom and Pop" shop, the shop's owner let me know of the sale he was having on La Corte Salice Salentino 2006. Hadn't really enjoyed this wine in the past, so I had to take his advice and buy one bottle of La Corte. At $9, the price was right. I usually always listen to shop owners for advice and this wine is why. If not for him, I would not be enjoying the wonderful wine or writing this article. It's Fabulous!
The wine is a blend of 80% - 85% Negroamaro and 15% - 20% Malvasia Nero.
The color is a very dark ruby red. The aromas are mixed berry, some tobaco and earth. A little peppery or spicey on the tongue but finishes well, dry and smooth.
I'm not going to rate this wine, as I really don't think I'm qualified to do so. After all, I am still a novice when it comes to wine and I have too much to learn before starting to sound like the snobs and experts we all follow. Also I like the system used by The Wine Whore when rating wines and it will take me a little while to get used to it.
But I can still say, take it from a novice "Great Wine" - " Great Buy"


The Wine Whore said...

This wine sounds great; I’ll have to see if I can find it in my neck of the woods. There are so many good wines out there that we would never know about if they weren't recommended (or blogged about). I am also really glad you like the rating system! :)


Shelly said...

It does sound good. I'm a big fan of an honest review from those that enjoy wine without neccessarily having a huge knowledge of the me;)
Thanks for a great review.

Jackie said...

Tried to find the LaCorte but could not. Did try a Salice Salentino from Cantele and it was very enjoyable

joeshico said...

WineWhore, you're so right about so many good wines still to be found. This would be a good one for your next free wine tasting.
Shelly, Thanks so much for your favorable comment. I try to be as honest as I can without disrespecting the masters (snobs and experts). I respect what they do and will always reference them.