70% Nero di Troia, 30% Montepulciano.
Dense garnet red in hue; complex nose offering ripe fruit, leather, tobacco leaf, and spice; dry and austere but very generous in the mouth, displaying an absolutely magisterial structure and a lingering, well-balanced finish.
The weight and elegance of this wine makes it the perfect companion to fine roasts, large game, meats in hearty sauces, and aged cheeses. Serve at cool room temperature after allowing to breathe.
"The estate's top-of-the-line 2004 Il Falcone Riserva is 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano that spent 12 months in French oak. In this vintage, the Falcone Riserva is awesome. Layers of earthiness, new leather, plums, black cherries and herbs emerge in stunning style as this full-bodied, richly-textured wine shows off its qualities. The wine possesses more than enough density to balance the tannins all the way through to the long finish, where a blast of melted road tar provides the final exclamation point. Simply put, this is a compelling wine from Rivera and certainly among the handful of truly important wines being made today in Puglia. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019.
The Wine Advocate
"A blend of 70% Uva di Troia and 30% Montepulciano. Inky red color. Inviting nose combines black cherry, licorice, plum, mocha and an intense floral element. Broad and sweet, with more primary fruit and less of the tobacco and leather notes of the 2001 and 2000 vintages; not quite as large-scaled but there's no shortage of size here. Finishes with smooth tannins and excellent length."
International Wine Cellar
Very good. However, one of the bottles was loaded with sedement and it was starting to go bad. Cork looked like the bottle had been overheated.