Wine Spectator 89:Red and black fruit mixes with star anise, fresh, loamy earth, espresso and dried marjoram accents in this minerally red. Sculpted tannins impart grip on the moderate finish. Drink now through 2023. 13,000 cases made. –AN Parker-Monica Larner 88:Montepulciano (60%), Nero di Troia and Cabernet Sauvignon make up the 2013 Castel del Monte Rupìcolo. This wine offers great value at an unbeatable price. It offers soft layers of ripe fruit, blackberry, moist tobacco and pressed flowers. That attractive floral note is faithfully reminiscent of the Nero di Troia component. The wine is balanced and clean with an attractive and genuine personality. Rivera is one of the most important wineries in Puglia in terms of image and quality. I was able to taste through two vintages of recent releases and was delighted by the two top-shelf wines (the Puer Apuliae and Il Falcone Riserva) from the 2009 vintage. To my palate, these are two of the finest wines ever made by Rivera. Rivera has overwhelmingly mastered the difficult art of making great wine from the finicky Nero di Troia variety. Because of its thin skin, the grape often suffers from mold and downey mildew. But Rivera has gained experience over the years to lessen the impact of these issues.