Biferno Rosso Riserva, Palladino, Molise, Italy 2014

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Biferno Rosso Riserva, Palladino, Molise, Italy 2014

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“Ladieeees and gentlemen! After a knockout in the final round, in the red corner, and still the undisputed champion of the world… it’s  Biferno “The Riserva” Palladinoooooo! Sorry about that. Got a bit carried away. There’s a reassuringly natural concentration to the colour, which can't be said for a lot of wines at this price (spoiler slert: many wines, inexpensive ones in particular, have their colour enhanced and it often shows in an unnatural, 'cosmetic' appearance). The colour here is medium-deep (almost, but not quite opaque when a quarter glass is tilted over white surface), and the colour shows all the way to the rim, which is a good sign of natural fruit concentration.

Molise is wedged between Abruzzo and Puglia and the aromas at play here are a gorgeous mash-up of the two regions, showing the sweetly perfumed plum and kola that I associate with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and the inky, black fruit that you find in Aglianico from the deep south. But it doesn't stop there. There's dried orange peel, red flowers, new leather, loose tea, tangy cherry... it's packed with interest and an authentic southern feel. The palate is bright and acidulated, not a typical southern behemoth (the alcohol is only 13% abv), but a medium-bodied red with a sense of plushness and sufficient complexity from its time ageing in oak and bottle to make it intriguing (not a word that gets used often with wines at this price). Drink it, predictably, with dishes from the area (spaghetti with pork and fennel seed sausages) and if there's a better wine to go with a simple pasta al pomodoro then I haven't tasted it yet (if you’re going for the authentic Molise experience, then the local pasta shapes are cavatelli and sagne incannulate). 13% alc. Drink now-2022.

Customer comments:

”Disappeared to noises of high satisfaction!” - Mr. J.B.

We very much enjoyed the Biferno (and what great value!) so will also be getting some more of that.” - Mr. T.P.

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