Rivera Cappellaccio Riserva Aglianico 2005, Doc Castel Del Monte

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Puglia, Italy

$18.95 (984120)

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86 pts
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January 07, 2012

Critic Reviews (2)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This dark, swarthy southern Italian red has a ripe, soft nose of prune/dried cherry fruit, meaty, earthy, medicinal...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

Fully brettanomyces-infected (medicinal, band aid, horse manure), with little fruit to back it up. Bitter, brittle...

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Community Reviews (11)

harrie
harrie

The reviewers who found this wine poor must have had bad bottles or didn't decant properly. As the wine is fairly old, a half-hour to hour decanting is enough - too long and it could easily go bad. The bottle I had was absolutely phenomenal. No way I would've guess it was from Puglia in a blind taste - more like Piemonte. Add that to the fact that I only paid about $10 for it and it's one of the best values I've ever bought.

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jr1
jr1

Great match with a Puttanesca style sauce. Good complexity, excellent length.

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Crushed cherries and cedar are the main features. Good structure with medium length and a clean finish. Value.

Decanting is recommended.

Tasted April/12

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Brad Mate
Brad Mate

Too bad for those that received a tainted bottle, b/c i really enjoyed mine. My bottle was a Fresh & well made. Great tannin and structure (could have aged it for several more years) The nose offered black current, cedar, candle wax, which transcended to sour cherries and cedar on the palate. Medium to full bodied.

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Bob Penney
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Brooke McClelland
Brooke McClelland

This was pretty nice.

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Dan Trcka
Dan Trcka

The 2005 Rivera Cappellaccio Riserva Aglianico has a medium body, with integrated aromas of red currant and cedar. The wine has refined tannins that are in harmonious balance with acidity (decant for longer than an hour) and medium to long finish. It has the potential to age and evolve for the next 5 to 10 years. My impression: quite NICE, 88 pts. Tasted Apr/11.

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Thomas Tiveron
Thomas Tiveron

Quick Lesson: the Aglianico grape, which has been believed to have been brought to Italy by early Greek settlers may not have been. Recent DNA testing shows no close relation to other known Greek varieties.

The wine was beginning to show some browning, to its deep garnet colouring. The wine has notable nose of match-heads (sulphur), spice, and plums. The tannins are still present, giving the wine a nice structure. Prunes, earthy, and a bit of tobacco flavours, with a medium to long finish.
Tasted March 2014.

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wallys
wallys

I bought this wine on the basis of the rave reviews and found I had a complete crock. I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to know what was wrong, but read John Szabo's review -- my bottle was similar.

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