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Wine of the Month: Messapicus Salice Salentino Riserva 1999 ($13)

May 18th, 2004

Salice Salentino is a wine produced in Apulia, a very southern region of Italy, and although sometimes uninspiring or poorly made, Messapicus delivers a homerun. It is a blend of Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera, grapes that date back to the early Greek civilizations. This is a medium bodied wine with ripe lush berries blended with spices. This wine is rich, earthy and smooth; perfect for the summer months.

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