budget friendly italy

Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino 2010

Ōttō is another of my favourite restaurants, it’s fantastic all around really, but I particularly love the cheese plate, truffled honey, fresh pasta, super laid-back atmosphere and extensive Italian wine menu. By extensive I mean about 1000 bottles. That’s a lot of choices, and for me, I get overwhelmed in the best possible way. After wading through for about 15 minutes, I made my first selection of Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino 2010. Receiving DOC status in 1976, Salice Salentino wines are produced primarily from the Negroamaro grape in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce in Puglia. Castello Monaci consistently produces wines that are budget friendly and of a classically Puglian character, using indigenous grapes such as Primitivo and Malvasia Nera.

Brick garnet in colour, a smoky vanilla aroma rose soothingly from my glass. The medium body was rather zippy with bright cherry flavours and a refreshing acidity. Rich plum and earthy, smoky elements fortified the smooth, savory finish.  A fantastic, budget friendly, summery red that with its rustic genteelness is quite at home at a backyard barbeque or fancy dinner. As my husband summed it up “It’s like a Range Rover, fashionable and elegant, but it can go off-road if you want.”

80% Negroamaro, 20% Malvasia Nera
Bottled in the Cellars by Castello Monaci, S.R.L.
13.5% Alcohol
$11 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2015

4 comments on “Castello Monaci Liante Salice Salentino 2010

  1. When I was in the States, I tried an Aglianico at Lupa (another Batali restaurant) and it was tremendous! Cheers


  2. ahhh Lupa..I haven't been there in ages. Yes, another incredible wine list. Mario Batali has his own wine importing company so the wine selections at his restaurants are phenomenal. I love a good Aglianico, they are worth hunting down! Do you remember what you had?


  3. I don't remember unfortunately, but I pick up Aglianicos now any chance I get!Cheers


  4. Ah Lupa. My favorite!


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