Cosimo Taurino Salice Salentino Riserva 2010
The Taurino family has been growing grapes and making wines in Puglia for seven generations, but it was Francesco Taurino who started the family business after World War II to supply Italy and Europe with authentic Apulian wines. Later, his son Cosimo grew the distribution and brought the production to world-class levels with the collaboration of Severino Garofano, a renowned Apulian enologist. Today, the estate encompasses 80 hectares of vineyards planted almost exclusively to Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes – both indigenous to the area of Salento where they are grown. The wines of Cosimo Taurino express the particular terroir of Salento through the lense of their native varieties—the wines showcase earthy, spicy and fruity notes and an authentic, rustic style.
Agriculture at the estate is sustainable, and mechanization is limited. In years when it is necessary, a green harvest is completed based on the quality of the vintage, not on an exact year-over-year formula. The Negroamaro and Malvasia Nera grapes are picked together (they are enologically similar, and ripen at the same time) and put into baskets. Each year, the final blend of the wine is determined not in the cellar, but by the overall percentages of plantings on the property (90% Negroamaro, 10% Malvasia Nera). The grapes are picked quickly (over the course of three hours), and are brought into the winery where they are de-stemmed, crushed, and transferred to stainless steel vats with temperature control. The wine is aged in used medium-toast French oak barrels (2+ years old) for 4-6 months, depending on the vintage.
|Region||Italy, Puglia, Salice Salentino|
Wine EnthusiastThis crisp, savory riserva offers light aromas of racy cherry and spiced game. The palate is lithe in feel, with soft tannins wrapped around a tart red-plum flavor. A sanguine note marks the close.