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Tor del Colle Biferno Rosso Riserva

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2013

Tor del Colle Biferno Rosso Riserva

Montepulciano, Aglianico

Molise, Italy

Alc. 13 %

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$23.99
Club Price
$18.49

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Molise is an Italian wine region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is found just north of the 'heel', and just south of the well-known region of Abruzzo. Molise is one of the two smallest wine regions in Italy, and although obscure in international markets, has been producing wine since 500 BC. Molise is often overshadowed by its more popular neighbour, Abruzzo, and grows similar varietals, like Montepulciano and Trebbiano. Montepulciano (mon-Ta-pull-chan-No) is grown widely within south-central regions and is the second most planted grape in Italy, just behind Sangiovese. The varietal is often confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan, Sangiovese-based style. Common characteristics of this varietal are plum, cran-cherry, herb, tobacco and tar. Aglianico (aul-ee-yawn-nee-ko) is king in southern Italy. It is a fun varietal that displays distinct flavours of plum, cherry, pepper, smoke and earth. Alone, Aglianico is bold, and can be aged for years - some say it's the Barolo of the south! It is often added to blends for its body, tannin and acidity. Biferno wines are produced in Campobasso, Molise. Whites are produced mostly with Trebbiano and reds with Montepulciano. There is also good production of rosè. Enjoy today, with 5 years of bottle age already it's perfect after a little decanting. You can also cellar, if you have the patience, for another few years. Serve at 18 C.

Look

Dark garnet core with plummy hued edges that look like velvet.

Smell

Classic and refined with spicy notes of warm, cracked black peppercorns. A base of dark berries like black currant and rustic blackberries. Herbal aromas of raspberry leaf are balanced with sweet vanilla bean. After 24 hours, the wine still shows a bountiful nose with blackberry jam and continues to showcase ample fruit and spice.

Taste

We are really digging this wine, it offers everything you could ask for! Hints of the vanilla bean show initially and linger awhile on the front of the palate. We are reacquainted with currants and blackberries and light spice notes. The addition of fig offers a decadent and sweet note. Medium+ tannins and medium acidity provide a strong foundation for the dense flavours and the lightly oak flavoured finish.

Pairing

Montepulciano is an 'easy' grape to pair, and as half of this blend, you can showcase it beside tomato-based pasta dishes, grilled pork, a cheese plate, pepperoni pizza, lamb, or even Korean BBQ. The possibilities are endless!

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