2016 Rivera 'Cappellaccio' Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva

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2016 Rivera 'Cappellaccio' Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva
A great red from the South, which demonstrates how Aglianico can thrill even in Castel del Monte. Share it with friends who love great red wines, or combine it with your dishes to enhance great red meats and aged cheeses.

Tasting Notes

Garnet red, this wine has an intense bouquet typical for the variety, with notes of ripe red fruit, leather and spices.

Complex and structured in the glass, it has an imposing body and intense and elegant aromas of sour cherry and tobacco, with a long and persistent finish. In the mouth it is warm and full. A wine of great structure, it has a long finish with a balanced tannic finish.

2016 Rivera 'Cappellaccio' Aglianico Castel del Monte Riserva


Castel del Monte DOC Riserva, Il Cappellaccio belongs to the Cru of the Rivera winery. 100% Aglianico, it expresses the full potential of this vine, grown on the limestone hills of the Castel del Monte area. The "cappellaccio", in fact, is the slang name of the thick layer of limestone crust that is found in the subsoil of the area of origin, and that must be literally split in order to plant the new vineyards. A tiring and ancient job that, however, pays off when you taste the wines produced from the grapes grown on this unique terroir. The structure of Il Cappellaccio is important but skilfully softened thanks to aging in French oak for about 12 months.


The grapes are harvested in mid-October. Maceration lasts 12-14 days in steel vats, with frequent pumping over to obtain a better extraction of aromatic and colouring substances and, at the same time, to soften the tannic mass.

Alan's Personal Tasting Notes

"As good as I remember it - this is proper wine - with gorgeous attractive fruit with some spice & leather notes interspersed. It’s got a really long and persistent flavour - as you would expect from Italy’s southern noble grape variety. Not cheap but delivers real value for real wine drinkers. Delicious! Not a big, full bodied fruity wine - a more lighter, fine style with great complexity, persistence and class!" Tasted 2 January 2024


Year 2016
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Aglianico
Country Italy
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Wine
Food & Serving Information Perfect with very tasty red meat dishes. Store in a cool place, away from light, bottle lying down. Do not refrigerate. Open at least 15 minutes before serving
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Andria (BT) Apulia (Puglia)
Appellation Castel del Monte