Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Cantine Due Palme
Selvarossa 2014 (Magnum)
Cellino San Marco, Italy
Disclaimer: I am very attached to this producer. Several years ago, it made me fall in love with the world of the wine.
Selvarossa is the flagship wine of Cantine Due Palme. This nectar is a Salice Salentino Riserva DOP, a blend composed by 85% Negroamaro and 15% Malvasia Nera, The wine ages 9 months in French oak barriques before a final ageing in bottle. Selvarossa has an impressive track record. It has rewarded with “3 bicchieri” by Gambero Rosso every year since 2008 and with “5 grappoli” by Vini Bibenda since 2014. Well the list of prizes is almost infinite as infinite is the number of Selvarossa I’ve uncorked in the last decade or so. The only drawback is that I cannot find it in London. Salute!
In the glass the wine has an intense ruby colour.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is a blaze of aromas and fragrances especially succulent red fruits, raisin, sultana, and sour cherry. There is delicate rose perfume and a vibrant black pepper. The barrique ageing donates hints of vanilla, gloves, nutmeg, toast and dark chocolate. Also the tertiary aromas are quite pronounced, especially farmyard, earth, and leather given by the bottle ageing. There are also notes of fig, prune, dried cranberry and cooked plum showing the fruit development.
In the mouth, the wine is pure velvet. It is dry, high level of acidity, medium plus tannins, and high alcohol (14.5%). On the palate you will find the same aromas enjoyed with the nose, characterized by explosive flavour intensity. The finish is beautifully long.
This wine is outstanding. It has been on my table for so many lunches that also my friends love it. A magnum or jeroboam of Selvarossa is often in most of our pictures. This nectar is perfect with meal. It is great with charcuterie and cheeses, but also with fettuccine with cardoncello mushroom. It is pure hedonism drank by it is own.