Movie & Wine Pairing


Bolo Nero ‘Edizione Limitata’ 2012
Castel del Monte DOC, Italy

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 @ 02:15 PM
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The vibrant, savory palate and smoky aromas of this wine are perfect for a noirinfused drama like Sweet Smell of Success, with its daring and memorable performances from its lead actors. Among them, Tony Curtis’ image as a matinee idol was quickly shattered by his role as a scheming newspaper assistant, and it deserves to be paired with a red wine of flavorful depth and intrigue.


The wines of Castel del Monte are hot right now – perhaps none hotter than Bolo Nero. Crafted at Francesco Liantonio’s acclaimed Torrevento winery in the sunny hills of Murgia, it was awarded the prestigious Tre Bicchieri rating in the 2015 Gambero Rosso guide (alongside $150 Sassicaia, $200 Biondi Santi Brunello and $250 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, just to name a few). A classic blend of deep, dark Nero di Troia and spicy Aglianico, Bolo Nero also has 88 points from Wine Enthusiast, whose editors wrote this delicious-sounding note: “Aromas of smoke, underbrush, espresso and grilled herb lead the nose … the palate offers dried black cherry, anisette, coffee and toast.”


Castel del Monte translates as ‘castle on the hill,’ named for the magnificent castle that anchors the appellation. Altitude is this sunny region’s key advantage. As Francesco explains: “In summer we have temperature changes between day and night of 15-30°F. This gives freshness to the wine.”


Torrevento’s vineyards are spread across Murgia, a rugged and stony sub-region of Puglia (inset). Since World War II, the Liantonio family have produced wines using time-honored traditional methods. They have built a big reputation by specializing in Puglia’s indigenous grapes (like Nero di Troia), winning maximum ratings from Italy’s leading critics, year-in and year-out.


Bolo Nero is a top choice for your next Italian-themed dinner party. Start things off with an antipasti plate, then move to a main course of richly sauced pastas, like lamb ragù over fettuccine or beef Bolognese and spaghetti. You could also try it with slow-cooked meat dishes – succulent beef short ribs, braised pork with buttery polenta or classic osso buco.

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