Saturday, September 17, 2011
Rivera II Falcone Riserva 2006, DOC Castel Del Monte, Puglia, Italy
Every once in a while, I stumble upon a bottle which was not on my shopping list, but is strongly recommended by my local LCBO Product Consultant, Mario, here in the Glebe, in the city of Ottawa. I trust his recommendations, he has a good palate and he is quite knowledgable of French and Italian wines.
This blend of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano and was aged 1 year in French oak barriques, opens up with aromas of cherry, blueberry, sweet balsamic, leather, earthy and spicy. The palate has great structure with firm and gritty tannins, lively acidity and good fruit concentration. An explosion of flavours on the finish with a trace of minerality and silky tannins. With Mario's help, I have discovered a new favourite, a full bodied red with a lot of personality, strongly recommended.
This wine was purchased on September 3, 2011 LCBO New Release at $22.95
This wine is also available at the SAQ in Québec (10675466) at $24.00