Apollonio - Divoto Riserva 2011

Apollonio

Divoto Riserva 2011

Puglia, Italia

This wine is a blend of 70% Negroamaro and 30% Montepulciano. Traditional fermentation methods are employed with a floating cap at a controlled temperature (27-28 degrees), carried out in large Slavonian oak vats, frequently pumping over the contents. This is followed by a long stay of the must on the skins; about 30 days, in order to extract as much polyphenolic substances as possible to facilitate the start of the subsequent malolactic fermentation in barriques. Then the divine juice ages 24 months in medium toasted French oak barriques from the Jupilles area. The wine is then left in large 3000/5500 liter Slavonian oak barrels for 6 months and thereafter it spends 12 months in bottle. Salute!

Appearance

The wine has a very elegant and lively ruby color. The intensity is medium to deep.

Nose

The aroma intensity is medium plus. Immediately hints of ripe wild red fruits and black pepper come out from the glass, followed by the scent of roses. The secondary aromas include vanilla, cedar and cloves with a very light toasty note. The tertiaries remember the leather and a succulent dry cranberry.

Palate

In the mouth, the wine is dry with high level of acidity. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14.5 %) but very delicate. The tannins are medium plus. On the palate, the wine is a concentration of ripe red fruits, spices, but also toast and charred wood. The tertiaries aromas remember also the coffee. The intensity is pronounced and the lasting long.

Conclusion

A very charming and gentle blend of Negroamaro and Montepulciano. Despite its age, the wine is still developing, with the tertiary aromas just at the beginning of their evolution. The aromatic palette is a triumph of ripe wild red fruits and spices, perfectly combined with notes of cedar, charred woods, and a drop of coffee. This wine is absolutely delicious when tasted by its own, and a perfect sparring partner for succulent wild boar sausages.

Final vote: 94

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