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Castel del Monte DOC Rosato

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Tasting Notes

This wine has made the history of Italian rosé and it is Rivera’s pride and joy. It is obtained mainly from Bombino Nero, a grape variety that is grown exclusively on the rocky hills of the DOC Castel del Monte. After a soft crushing, the grapes stay in the soak for 12-15 hours to take of from skins the right color and aroma that will give the characteristics and uniqueness that make this wine so famous.

Rivera Rose’ has a light cherry hue with purple highlights. A fruit-rich bouquet with notes of cherry and strawberry. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with full fruit, elegance and a pleasant acidity. Very enjoyable as an aperitif and a perfect match to seafood appetizers, light soups and pasta dishes, baked fish, poultry and veal. Serve well chilled.

Bombino Nero is a red grape varietal grown exclusively on the Murgia hills of the Castel del Monte DOC area. It is not suitable to producing full red wines because of its thin skin, uneven ripening of the bunches, and the grape’s high juice content. However, it produces lovely rose’ wines, very fresh and fruity. this unique grape allows the winemaker to vinify the natural free-run juice, without pressing.

2015 rated 90 Vinous

2016 rated 89+ Vinous

Winery

Rivera

Region

Puglia

Varietal

100% Bombino Nero

Location of Vineyards

Murgia hills area, northwest of Bari

Type of Cultivation

Old head-trained vineyards, located at altitudes of 250-300 meters a.s.l on rocky soils. Average yield is 90/100 quintals per hectare.

Vinification

Grapes are picked in late September. After the must is given some 16-18 hours’ skin contact in stainless steel tanks, the free-run juice is drained off without pressing, and the fermentation continues for 9-10 days at 18-20°C.

Aging

In stainless steel for 3-4 months, then bottled and released.

Alcohol Content

11.5%

Total Production

60,000 bottles