Quick Travel Update + Must-Try: 2009 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva

Hello from Bologna!

I had a good flight to Florence and after visiting half a day in the city I took a high-speed train to Bologna – the capital city of the Emilia Romagna. Just half a day in Florence? Well I’ll go back to Florence next week and I’ve actually visited the city a few times before. Florence is usually way too crowded anyways. Bologna used to be my home for quite some time and soon I fell in love with the city. If you’ve never visited Bologna then put it on your travel-list! The city offers definitely as much as the likes of Venice & Florence and when it comes to food & wine then there is no other city in Italy that beats Bologna. Why? The Bolognesi have a special relationship with Food & Wine which is also why the city’s nickname isLa Grassa (The Fat One). Bolognese Sauce is probably the most well-known dish from Bologna. It’s a meat-based pasta sauce – traditionally used with Tagliatelle and Spaghetti. The city also has quite a tradition for producing a variety of cured pork meats such as mortadella, prosciutto and salami. Tortellini, another type of pasta, also originated in Bologna. When it comes to wine then the city is best known for Pignoletto and in 2010 the appellation Colli Bolognesi Classico was awarded DOCG status.  Follow this link for a highly recommended Pignoletto.

But I don’t want to go into further details. Should you have any questions about Bologna then just send me a mail or ask in the comment section. Before we talk about wine I want to show you a few photos of Bologna.

Breakfast the Italian-Way: Brioche and Cappuccino

Breakfast The Italian-Way: Brioche And Cappuccino


Historic City Center Bologna

Historic City Center

Piazza Maggiore & Town Hall

Piazza Maggiore & Town Hall

Fish, fish - give me some fish!

Fish, Fish – Give Me Some Fish!

A local butcher in the historic city center: The pork head is actually on sale

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Local food

A Food Store Downtown

2009 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva – Salice Salentino DOC

2009 Cantina Due Palme - Selva Rossa Riserva - Salice Salentino DOCIt’s time to shift the focus of this article towards to subject of this blog: wine and like I mentioned before the Bolognesi adore wine. The city center is full with wine bars & wine shops. My favorite Enoteca (the Italian term for wine shop) in Bologna is the  Enoteca Italiana. They offer a vast selection of Italian and international wine, digestives and coffee. One of the two co-owners was president of the Emilia chapter of the Italian Sommelier Association (ISA). I bought a few wines there – one being the 2009 Cantine Due Palme Selvarossa Riserva. Cantine Due Palme’s vineyards are located in the south-eastern part of Puglia which is also known as the Salento. The winery produces 22 wine and has an annual production of 5.000.000 bottles.

Selvarossa Riserva is a blend of Negroamaro (90%) and Malvasia Nera (10%). The fermentation takes place in stainless steel and barriques. Selvarossa Riserva aged 9 months in French oak.

In the glass, the wine had a deep ruby red color with brown hues. 14% was the label listed ABV.

The nose was intense with aromas of cherry jam, tobacco and vanilla.

On the palate, Selvarossa Riserva was dry and well-balanced. The wine had a medium-big body and mellow tannins. There were notes of red fruit, plum and cocoa. Perfect harmony between nose and mouth. Lingering finish.
4.5 / 5 stars      

The 2009 Selvarossa Riserva was give the prestigious 3 bicchieri by the Gambero Rosso in 2013. The 2008 vintage received the same award in 2012.

At the 2013 VinItaly (the world’s largest wine fair) I tried the Cantine Due Palme Selvarossa Riserva Speciale which is supposed to be their very best wine. In my honest opinion I prefer the Selvarossa Riserva over the Selvarossa Riserva Speciale. I like its taste more and the quality-price ratio is better, too.

According to the winery’s online shop Selvarossa Riserva retails for 16€ but the Enoteca Italiana sells it for just 9.50€ – that’s another reason why I love buying wine there. Their prices are always among the best. Unfortunately I didn’t drive to Italy this time. Otherwise I would go back to Enoteca Italiana and buy all the remaining bottles. 9.50€ is a steal. The wine amazing – one of the best Apulian wines that I have tried so far and even better than the 2008 vintage which I gave a rating of 4/5 stars.

In my opinion the Selvarossa Riserva from Cantine Due Palme has an excellent QPR. I can’t imagine someone not liking this wine. It’s perfect!

Have you tried the Selvarosa Riserva before? What’s your favorite wine from Puglia? Let me know in the comment section below.


17 comments on “Quick Travel Update + Must-Try: 2009 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva”

  1. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    I have a hard time with Salice Salentino. Most of them that I tried were one dimensional, boring wines.
    On other hand I haven’t tasted the Selvarossa before so maybe it’s time that I give it a try. Fortunately there are retailers in the US for the Selvarossa Riserva 🙂 but not for the 2009 vintage according to Wine Searcher.. The price seems fair so I might give it a try.

    Enjoy the rest of your vacation. I’d love to go Italy again :- )

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Let me know what you think about the Selvarossa if you decide to buy it. I tried older vintages too and liked them as well but 2009 vintage already seemed to be ready to drink.

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  3. Andy Andy Reply

    Don’t know much about Bologna but looks pretty – just googled it to get some info 😉
    I think it’s always nice to visit towns that have a long tradition for good food and judging from your post it’s all about good food in Bologna!
    The croissant with cream looks very yummy!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! Bologna is beautiful city – very much worth visiting 🙂
      Italian breakfast with Brioche alla crema is one of the many reasons why I love Italy!

  4. Marco van Puff Reply

    Good review, Julian but doesn’t this wine contradict with what you said in one of your previous posts that you only drink wine from small wineries 😉
    Glad that you reviewed this wine though because it’s one of the few wines you review that is actually available outside of Italy and/or Germany 😀

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      If I recall correctly I said that I prefer wine from small, family-owned wineries and yes you are right that Cantine Due Palme is not a small winery. I never said though that I don’t drink wine from larger wineries. It would be foolish to exclude so much wine. It just happens that most of the wine I like comes from smaller wineries.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for commenting!
      The glass is actually water 🙂 I forgot to mention that in the caption. It’s a tradition here in Italy to serve a a tiny glass of sparkling water with cappuccino and espresso.

      I wish coffee shops would do that in Germany, too…

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you!The brioche are amazingly delicious 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll order an extra one for you but you’ll have to come to Italy to eat it 😉

  5. Suzanne Reply

    That wine sounds fantastic, and such a great price. You sound like you are having a very nice trip and I envy you being in Italy. I wonder if they sell that wine in the US. Will have to check. Look forward to more from Italy!

  6. talkavino Reply

    Great pictures, Julian! I never had Selvarossa Riserva before, and after your endorsement now I want to give it a try. I guess that I will have to wait for a bit, as I see only 2007 being available in US.

    Enjoy your travels!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thank you 🙂
      Let me know what you think about the Selvarossa Riserva. I’m so glad I discovered this wine some time ago and the price is great. I can’t think of many other 3 glasses Gambero Rosso winners with such a good QPR.

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