"Liante" is the "wind of the Levant" which gusts throughout the Adriatic region.
Terroir: Negramaro and Malvasia Nera di Lecce are sourced from estate vineyards surrounding the 16th century winery.
Vinification: Grapes are hand-harvested before dawn to avoid exposure to the hot sun. The Negroamaro ripens first; typically in early September, followed by the Malvasia up to two weeks later. The grapes are macerated and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks follow by 6 months in the cellar where 25% the wine will rest in French oak and the remainder in stainless steel. 50,000 bottles produced.
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The 2014 Liante Salice Salentino is deep ruby red in color with an expressive bouquet of plum, spice and vanilla. Rich and pure in the mouth with mixed berry, cedar and smoke.
Score: 88 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
Plumped cherry and dried fig fruit is accented by hints of dried thyme, smoke and ground anise in this fresh and balanced red. Medium-bodied, with light tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2019.
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