Il Falcone Riserva 2010: a powerful specialty wine from Puglia

Il Falcone Riserva 2010 
Castel del Monte DOC
Azienda Vinicola Rivera
Apulia – Italy
SAQ Price: 24,35$

Sometimes it is quite interesting to visit the specialty gondolas in the SAQ stores to discover some elixirs that at the end are very accessible to our pockets. In the price range of between 20 and 30 dollars we can find truly sublime wines!
It is the case of this wine from Apulia, a wine region that I follow closely for two reasons: besides being the cradle of my family origins, wines from this area are of an intense and very seductive character. They are well introduced in the international markets, they have a personality difficult to describe, but also impossible to forget.

Made in 70% with Nero de Troia (native grape of great character) and 30% of Montelpuciano, Il Falcone is a wine that gives us strong notes of leather, fruit like ripe plum, and some smoky and underbrush hints. On the palate, its still marked tannins assure us that it is a wine with potential, but it is also quite balanced, enveloping and forceful. Notes even of leather, cinnamon and caramel were the most notorious in a palatable unctuous and wide end. The wines called "reserva" have the added value of being wines to be enjoyed once they are placed on the market thanks to their previous maturation in barrels, but we can also keep them a little longer in the bottle to enjoy them in their maximum splendor. Il Falcone of the Azienda Rivera is one of those wines to enjoy today, without doubts, but also has a potential life of about 5 more years, to my understanding. I invite you to give it a try ... (MLF)

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