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Rivera Il Falcone Castel del Monte Rosso Riservatext
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Rivera Il Falcone Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva 2015

Puglia, ItalyIl Falcone is a local legend among Apulian reds, and one sip of this wine will tell you why. What an exciting, refreshing 70/30 mix of indigenous nero di Troia and montepulciano, that leaves a favourable impression across your palate. The fruit is grown in the Murgia hills in the Castel del Monte DOC at an altitude of 200m on deep porous rock and chalky soils. Post ferment, the wine ages for 14 months, 50% in 30 hl French oak casks, and 50% in 225L French oak barriques, followed by another year in bottle before release. The result is a great conflagration of complexity and elegance that is a delight to sip. Look for spicy tobacco, blackberry that doesn’t quit through a long persistent finish, with highly agreeable tannins. Rich menu items are the ticket here, with even more decadent sauces. There is no rush to drink this wine. You could even serve it after dinner with mature old Italian cheese.Tasted: 20 October 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
BC$29.99750mlBCLS
Producer: Azienda Vinicola Rivera S.P.A.Distributors: Icon Fine Wine and Spirits
Blend: Nero di Troia - MontepulcianoCSPC: 883348UPC: 8000715000502