Aglianico is one of the oldest grape variety in the world, being introduced in Southern Italy by the Ancient Greeks about 3.000 years ago in what they called Enotria or Land of Wine. Today, its qualities are well recognized; for its elegance, ageing potential and complexity of its wines, it has been called “the Nebbiolo of Southern Italy”. The Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva takes its name from the
thin and hard calcareous crust that is found at around 50 cm under the limestone soils of the Castel del Monte doc area and that has to be broken in order to allow vines to be planted. Cappellaccio Aglianico Riserva is a wine that fully expresses the outstanding characteristics of Aglianico.
Il Falcone is one of the most prestigious red wines of Apulia whose name was chosen by Rivera to remem-ber Emperor Frederick II of Swabia who built the castle called Castel del Monte near Andria so that he could indulge his passion for falconry. The castle later gave its name to the surrounding DOC area. The wine is obtained with carefully selected grapes sourced from the oldest among the estate’s vineyards. In the blend of indigenous grape varieties, the main grape, Nero di Troia, gives to the wine its great character and structure, while Montepulciano contributes to its roundness. The maturation for 14 months in oak and for a further year in the bottle contributes to refine its great structure and develop its classic personality and elegance.
This raisin wine was another big bet of Cosimo Taurino when planted in Puglia the Rhenish-German Riesling and French Semillon. The vines grew slowly in the Salento, so that the first vintage to be bottled was the 2002.
Unfortunately, the one who had wanted so much to believe in this bet, in 1999 he left us. Is dedicated to him this wine, Le Ricordanze.
It’s a dessert wine, from complex and very intense bouquet due to late harvesting of the grapes (late August) which determines a high concentration of sugar.
A wide range of aromas can be found in it. Its sumptuous, enticing fragrances resemble ripe red fruits, spicy notes like black pepper or cloves, and a delicate touch of coffee. Its well-bodied palate is firmly structured and intense, with good tannins. It has a long finish with a lingering fruity note.
Food pairing: roasted or grilled red meat, meat pies, oven-baked lamb, savoury and mature cheeses.
Serving temperature: 20°C
Recommended glass: a large bowl-shaped glass with an inward-curved rim: the wine can fully breathe, and the glass can be held better in hands. It will help the temperature rise gradually, and aid in the release of the complex fragrances of more structured wines.
Ageing: 24 months in French oak barrels, 12 months in bottles.
Colour: deep ruby-red with garnet reflections.
Alcohol: about 14-15%.