Vigna Pedale Limited Edition Nero di Troia Riserva 2009

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Castel del Monte DOC
Nero Di Troia

Castel del Monte produces Puglia’s most sought-after reds. The wines typically made from the Nero di Troia grape, whose miserly yields make for concentrated wines. And this Limited Edition Riserva rarity is one of the best we’ve tasted. But don't take our word for it — Vigna Pedale has a stack of awards to its name. Chief among these are: Tre Bicchieri — the highest accolade — from Italy's most respected wine guide Gambero Rosso; 5 Grappoli (the top ranking) from important Italian guide Duemilavini; and a gold medal from top Canadian show Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada. A wine of real finesse that shows why Italy is a treasure trove of unique and exciting reds.

Vigna Pedale is crafted by leading producer Torrevento from fruit grown on vineyards some 1,600 ft above sea level. As Torrevento’s Francesco Liantonio explains: “In summer we have temperature changes between day and night of 15-30°F. This gives freshness to the wine.” Since the Second World War, the Liantonio family has produced wines using time-honored, traditional methods. They have built a big reputation by specializing in Puglia’s indigenous grapes (like Nero di Troia).

This wine is medium-bodied, with delicious dark fruit flavors, complemented by spicy notes and 12 months of aging in fine oak. Top critic Jancis Robinson MW rates it highly too: "well behaved and very smooth." Delicious with roasted game dishes, mature cheeses and salami.