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Terroir: Aiace is sourced from select parcels of old vine Negroamaro and Malvasia surrounding the winery. Vines average between 40-60+ years old. The Negroamaro vines are trained in the traditional alberello (bush) method to protect the grapes from the harsh sunlight. Soils are made up of deep limestone, sand and clay.
Vinification: Harvest occurs as the grapes reach perfect maturity typically during the last week of September. Following a strict sorting, the grapes are lightly crushed and loaded into stainless steel tanks where they will macerate at low temperatures for a period of two weeks. Following malolactic fermentation and blending the young wines are aged for 12 months in a combination of 1 year old and older French oak. A final blending occurs followed by an additional six months of maturation in large neutral barrels, six more months in stainless steel and finally six months in bottle before release.
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The 2010 Aiace has a deep ruby color with an intense nose of full, jammy fruit. The wine is lively on the palate dominated by flavors of raspberry, blackberry and spice.
Score: 91 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
"The 2010 Salice Salentino Riserva Aiace is a beautifully evolved wine with a level of austerity and elegance that is rare to find in Puglia. The nose is sharp and focused with wild berry nuances followed by ash, licorice and cola. There's also a compelling element of mineral-graphite precision. Balsam herb, forest bramble and underbrush give the wine a very crisp and buoyant personality. Aiace shows a streamlined style and medium persistency. What it lacks in intensity it makes up for in elegance."
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