Cantine Due Palme has its vineyards in the south-eastern part of the Puglia region of Italy which is also known as the Salento. Next to the Selvarossa Riserva the winery produces 18 other wines.
Selvarossa Riserva is a classified Salice Salentino wine and has the Italian DOC quality assurance. The two grapes used to produce this “tre bicchieri” (three glasses) Gambero Rosso winner are Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera. Aging is done for twelve months in french oak barrels before staying another year in the bottle before being put in the market. The wine is considered one of the best red wines of Italy and in fact it scored second place out of all Italian Red wines tested by Luca Maroni. A full list of awards for the Selvarossa Riserva DOC can be found here.
Now some may wonder how much does this wine cost if it’s that good? It’s actually pretty cheap considering it’s high reputation. A friend of mine who brought this wine over bought it for just 13.90€. According to the winery’s website it retails for 15.50€ though.
Prior to tasting the wine has been decanted for a few hours. The wine had a light ruby red color. For the nose my notes read: A heavy aroma of vanilla & caramel, a bit of red cherry and plum.
On the palate, Selvarossa Riserva was fruity with light oak notes. The tannins were very smooth and mellow. The wine was complex, well-structured and had elegant, medium-long finish.
I was completely overwhelmed by the Selvarossa Riserva DOC from Cantine Due Palme. I didn’t have high expectation in the wine since my last wine from Puglia (a Primitivo from Leone de Castris) was a big flop. This one on the other hand is highly recommended. I’ve already ordered a new bottle of this it. I hope I encourage you to give this wine a try! It’s well worth the money spent.
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