Il Falcone – Castel Del Monte Rosso Riserva 2013 DOCG
It is a blend of 70% Nero di Troia (indigenous variety) and 30% Montepulciano. The vineyards are located at 200m asl on deep tufaceous and calcareous soils. The grapes were harvested in the third week of October. The maceration was carried in 120 hl stainless steel vats for 15 days with frequent pumping-over and delestage. The divine juice aged for 14 months in oak: 50% in 30hl French oak casks and 50% in 225 litre French oak barriques. Before being release to the market, Il Falcone aged another year in the bottle. The producer suggests an aging potential up to 10/12 years. Salute!
In the glass the wine has an elegant ruby colour with purple shades. The intensity is medium to deep.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. In the glass, there is a triumph of sour cherry, black pepper, prune and plum. The vanilla, cloves, a light charred wood and an elegant cedar are the clearest secondary notes. As tertiaries, there is succulent meat, leather and a feeble (and surprising) farmyard. Overall the nose is really charming.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium plus tannins. Sip by sip the astringent sensation is pure pleasure. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%) and it gives a lovely heat wave. The flavour intensity is medium plus. The tasting buds are bewitched by an incredibly refreshing sour cherry, kirsch, and a hint of wild thyme. The secondaries include toast and charred woods, while the tertiaries remember the meaty, game and Kentucky tobacco. The flavours last for quite same time.
This wine is pure elegance. It is austere, balanced and delicate on the palate, despite its tannins. The note of sour cherry is perfectly supported by more virile secondary and tertiary aromas as the charred wood and the Kentucky tobacco. It is delicious by its own, but it will make you smile washing down a beef tartare.
Final vote: 92
Price: around 15€