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Casa Contini, Biferno Riserva D.O.C.
(bee-FEHR-noh ree-ZAYR-vah)


Tasting Notes: A smashing value, this Southern Italian blend is wonderfully smooth and balanced. Made from two of our favorite “underrated” varietals, Montepulciano and Aglianico, Casa Contini’s Biferno Riserva is atypical of many of its ungainly Southern counterparts, whose alcohol tends to be too hot, and fruits overripe. Rather, it is like a Northern Italian in its cool smoothness, with a smoky blackberry, chestnut, and peppery-sweet aroma that delights the senses.

Location Molise, Italia.
(Multiple Locations)
120 hectares.
Soil Mixed clay.
Estate Casa Contini.
(ka-ZAH cone-TEE-nee)
Vine Espalier.
3,000 vines/hectare.
1 bottle/plant yield.
Winemaker Alessandro Botter.
(ah-lay-SAHN-dro BOW-tehr)
Vinification Classic vinification with maceration on skins for 10-12 days.
Varietals 85% Montepulciano,
15% Aglianico.
Barrel Large, neutral Slavonian oak barrels.
Residual Sugar 3.2 grams per liter. Maturation 18 months in the barrel.
6 months in the bottle.
Acidity 4.9 grams per liter. Vintage Production 15,000 cases.
Alcohol 13.0% by volume. Foot Fairing Pot roast, chicken with wild rice, and grilled sausages.
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Every once in a while, we come across a wine that is really fantastic, but doesn’t meet our requirements to be a “Small Vineyards” wine. It may come from an estate that is larger (and therefore doesn’t satisfy our 10% rule), or it could include a portion mechanically-harvested grapes. But the wine is good, really good–and it deserves a home. So, we import these wines under our sister company, Largo Wines.