I like the exciting flavors and texture of Salice Salentino, a southern Italian red, and was delighted to find this Epicuro as a regular offering for only $5.99 at Trader Joe's in Ann Arbor. I have several vintages in the cellar and held this 2003 back a few years to see how it would age. It's made from 80% Negro Amaro, 20% Malvasia Nera.
The color has a very deep, bluish tint, but it's all fruit and peel; I find no hint of new oak in this traditionally made wine. True to Salice Salentino, it's literally gushing with scents and flavors of red and black berries, licorice and flowers. Some slight volatility is not a negative; it's all part of the style and personality. More and more licorice, black fruit and minerals. The wine is ripe and full bodied--Southern Italian rustic power.