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Santa Lucia Vigna del Melograno Uva di Troia Castel del Monte Rosso 2007

Impenetrable pyrope ruby with purple reflections and deep ruby rim; it's poured ink. The bouquet is enticing, with chewy cherry plum fruit supported by some berry fruit acidity; it's welcoming in a decidedly opulent key. On the palate it's bright, with chewy cherry plum fruit supported by smooth sweet tannins that have a slight cedar overlay, and by acidity that provides direction, flowing into a fairly dry savory finish with leafy underbrush tannins that have savory accents as well. It will work well with food and is pleasant in a fruit driven key, while the tannins will help it to accompany succulent meats or roasts. Versatile, and enjoyable.
Score: 86-8

Botromagno Pier Delle Vigne Murgia Rosso IGT 2003

This is a blend of Aglianico and Montepulciano. Deep black cherry ruby with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with berry fruit mingled with green leather, minerality, and spice, and a fair amount of alcohol as well. Nice balance in a distinctly more mature key, but then again it is a 2003. On the palate it's rich, with ample red berry fruit supported by smooth sweet tannins and warm sour cherry fruit acidity that flow into a clean fresh cherry finish with lasting acidity. Very fresh for a 2003, especially considering how hot it was, and a pleasant wine that will work very well with succulent roasts or stews. Very nice, with considerable depth and elegance.
Score: 88-90

Cantina La Marchesa Il Nerone della Marchesa Vino Rosso IGT Daunia

This is named after La Marchesa's grandfather, who was nicknamed Il Nerone. It's deep black cherry ruby with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is fairly rich, with jammy cherry fruit supported by berry fruit acidity and slight vegetal accents. Quite pleasant to sniff, in a cheeky sort of way. On the palate it's full, with bright berry fruit supported by deft berry fruit acidity and smooth sweet tannins that flow into a clean bright sour cherry finish. It's a little thinner than one might have expected on the palate, but quite pleasant, and will drink very well with foods, in particular grilled meats or light stews, and will go quickly.
Score: 88

Conte Spagnoletti Zeuli Ghiandara Castel del Monte DOC 2005

This is an Aglianico; it's impenetrable pyrope with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is fairly intense, with wet leafy underbrush and smoky acidity supported by iodine and wood smoke; there's not much fruit. But it is nicely balanced. On the palate it's ample, with fairly rich sour cherry fruit that gains direction from wet leaf bitterness, and is supported by smooth sweet tannins that have a slight cedary overlay and flow into a clean rather bitter finish. It's rather graceful, and will work quite well with red meats or hearty stews, and also has the capacity to age well for 3-5 years. Quite nice, and will go quickly at the table.
Score: 88-90

Torrevento Matervitae Aglianico Puglia IGT Rosso 2007

Impenetrable pyrope with cherry rim. The bouquet is intense, with red berry fruit supported by graphite shavings and greenish grilled pepper, with a fair amount of spice and some cedar as well. Nice depth. On the palate it's it's rich and languid, with chewy cherry fruit supported by moderate mineral acidity and smooth sweet tannins that flow into a clean rather bitter cherry fruit finish. Pleasant, and is also a very distinct change of pace with respect to the other wines poured at the tasting.
Score: 86-8

Cantele Alticelli Aglianico Puglia IGT 2007

Deep pyrope with black reflections and cherry ruby rim. The bouquet is rich, with dusky underbrush laced with berry fruit and clean cedar, supported by some bitter graphite shavings and spice. On the palate it's full, with rich cherry plum fruit supported by lively berry fruit acidity, and by smooth sweet tannins that flow into a clean bright acidic finish. Deft, with a nice balance between wood, acidity, and fruit, and will drink quite well with foods, ranging from grilled meats and light stews, and will also age nicely for 3-5 years. Anything but settled, and quite enjoyable; though the small oak is evident, you will enjoy it even if you're more traditionally minded.
Score: 88

Candido Cappello di Prete Salento IGT Rosso

This is a Negroamaro. It's deep almandine with black reflections and almandine rim. The bouquet is fairly rich, with balsam-laced berry fruit supported by cedar and wood smoke, with the cedar becoming more pronounced as it opens. Pleasant in a rather cheeky international key. On the palate it's ample and smooth, with pleasant plum cherry fruit supported by moderate berry fruit acidity and smooth sweet tannins that have a slight cedary burr to them and flow into a warm berry fruit finish with dusky bitter tannic underpinning. Pleasant, and will drink quite well with foods, ranging from grilled meats through light stews. Expect the bottle to go quickly.
Score: 86

Candido Salice Salentino DOC Riserva 2005

95% Negroamaro, 5% Malvasia Nera. It's black almandine with black reflections and almandine in the rim. The bouquet is fairly rich, with jammy berry fruit supported by greenish spice and some wet leather, and also nose tingling wood smoke acidity. On the palate it's ample, with moderately intense berry fruit supported by tannins that are fairly sweet but do have a dusky dry burr in the finish, and flow into a rather bitter berry fruit finish. Pleasant, and will drink better with foods than by the glass; I would be tempted to serve it with simple roasts or light stews.
Score: 85

Tenute Rubino Negroamaro Salento IGT 2007

Deep black cherry ruby with black reflections and cherry rim. The bouquet is intriguing, with deft floral accents that bring Aleatico to mind, mingled with cherry fruit and some greenish spice. Much going on. On the palate bright and rich, with lively cherry fruit supported by brisk berry fruit acidity that has a slight greenish cast, and by smooth sweet tannins that are relatively light,a nd flow into a clean prune plum finish with cherry accents, and some acidity. Pleasant, in a graceful, willowy key, and it's very deft on its toes, a wine that will work well with hearty pasta dishes, thick soups, and quickly grilled meats or light stews. Very bright, and enjoyable; Worth seeking out. If you like this lighter, defter style.
Score: 88

Agricola Vallone tenuta Serranova Vigna Castello Rosso Salento IGT 2007

This is a cru, and it's the first vintage. 70% Negroamaro, and 30% Susumaniello, a traditional varietal that was present in the vineyards -- planted in rows in the vineyard to be blended into the wine. It's lively almandine with black reflections and almandine rim paling to orange. Fairly rich bouquet with jammy berry fruit supported by warmth and cedar, with a fair amount of nose tingling acidity as well. On the palate it's ample, with fairly rich cherry plum fruit supported by lively plum acidity, and by tannins that are still quite young, and need time to fold their oaky component into the wine. Pleasant finish with plum accents and nice smooth tannins; it does need another year or two for the tannins to completely smooth.
Score: 86-8

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