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Tormaresca - Bocca di Lupo, Castel del Monte DOC 2014


  • Country: Italy
  • Wine Region: Puglia
  • Wine Maker: Renzo Cotarella
  • Grape: Aglianico
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2010) VS: 92 (2006) WS: 91 (2008) JS: 92 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Rich, savoury stuff selected from the best plots of the estate; red and black currant fruit mingles with spicy tar notes and a firm structure to give a meaty, satisfying wine.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)93 pts

April 2015 - A pure expression of Aglianico, the 2010 Castel del Monte Bocca di Lupo is one of the standout wines of Southern Italy. Tormaresca was among the first (maybe the first) to make top shelf Aglianico in Puglia and the 2010 vintage was especially favorable to late-ripening grape varieties like this. Fruit from the Bocca di Lupo vineyard matured slowly and steadily until the end of the growing season. Vito Palumbo and his winemaking team made some small but significant tweaks in the 2010 vintage, including greater quality control on the sorting table and more delicate destemming to lessen the varietal’s natural astringency. One-quarter of the wine sees new oak (French and Hungarian) for 20 months. The rest sees second- and third-year neutral barrel. The aromas are impressive with little touches of black licorice, tar and resin that add pretty contours to darkly extracted fruit. Bold cherry and toasted almond give depth and dimension. Tight tannins and bright acidity bode well for the wine’s aging potential.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2006)92 pts

Mar/Apr 11. By Ian D'Agata. Bright full ruby. Racy aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, tea leaf, mint and minerals. Big and broad, with impressive depth and striking purity to the concentrated flavors of raspberry, red cherry, herbs and minerals. Displays an impressive delicacy on the rather long, high-acid finish. The wine's youthfully chewy, mounting, finely grained tannins need another year to resolve.

Wine Spectator (2008)91 pts

Dec 15 , 2014 - Stylish and harmonious, this layers dark, briary berry and cherry fruit, with hints of black olive, melted licorice, graphite, tarry smoke and grilled beef. Supple tannins lend this the grip and structure for time in the cellar. Drink now through 2028.

James Suckling (2009)92 pts

Wow. This is really interesting with spice, black pepper and berry character. Beef jerky and Chinese herbs, too. Full-bodied, round and juicy. Stylish. Drink now.

Vinification Notes

15 day maceration in stainless steel tanks at 28-32 degrees. Malolocatic fermentation completed in Hungarian oak barrels for 14 months, followed by a further 12 months of bottle ageing prior to release.