50th Vendemmia Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva DOC 2013

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Leone de Castris specializes in traditional wines. This exceptional wine commemorates the winery's 50th anniversary vintage, or "vendemmia," which has been featured on the label since 2004. This wine is made from hand-harvested, select grapes from the Salice Salentino DOC, a picturesque wine region dotted with ancient watchtowers and old farmhouses, just north of the village of Lecce.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby-red in color, concentrated aromas of black cherries and baked red fruits complement undertones of plums, spices, vanilla, and anise. On the palate, velvety tannins and a full body frame the long, delectable finish of stewed strawberries and vanilla beans.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with well-aged steaks, demi-glaces, barbecue, and farsumagru.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Salice Salentino DOC
Vineyard size:
247 acres
Soil composition:
Clay-Loam
Training method:
Bush
Elevation:
165 feet
Vines/acre:
2,800
Yield/acre:
2.8 tons
Exposure:
Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1975
Harvest time:
September
First vintage of this wine:
1954
Bottles produced of this wine:
650,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12 days
Fermentation temperature:
72-75 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking, Pumpovers, and Aeration
Length of maceration:
12 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
65 HL
Age of aging container:
Five years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
5.2 g/L
Acidity:
5.5 g/L
Dry extract:
37.0 g/L

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