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Way down south (in Italy that is) red wines gain power and intensity from the plentiful sunshine and hot, hot heat. One of the most accomplished and celebrated of these big boys is Salice Salentino. This mostly red appellation (some Rose is produced as well), is made almost exclusively from the local variety Negroamaro whose literal translation is "dark and bitter". Luckily only the dark part applies here. Sure, Le Corte's Salice checks the power box but it also massages lifted red fruits out of those darker elements to create a balanced and full flavored wine. A mouthfilling texture and secondary notes of tobacco make the plum, black cherry and "Craisin" fruits all the more satisfying. This modern and complete red is supple enough to be enjoyed on its own but accompanying food is what Italian wines do best. Mangiamo!