Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC


Winemaker’s note: This wine has an intense red color, the bouquet is rich with a scent of violets and liquorice. On the palate it offers cherry flavors and blackberry, in addition to dark chocolate and chili-like spice. The finish is smooth and solid. It's an excellent balanced wine with a lasting finish.

Type: Red wine
Appellation: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Varietal: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 100%
Vineyard Areas: Nocciano and Cugnoli (Pescara)
Training system: Guyot. Vines are on average 15 years old
Vine density: 2,700 guyot and 1,700 pergola per hectare
Yield of grapes in wine: 80 hl/ha (3.7 tons per acre)
Soil: Mostly clay
Harvest: Middle of October
Wine-making: A short cryomaceration (holding crushed fruit at a low temperature prior to fermentation) is made once the grapes are selected and derasped. The skins are kept in contact with the must at a controlled temperature of 28°C (82°F) for about 25-30days. While the must is in contact with the skins, periodic delestage (rack and return) is performed to achieve a good fruit, soft tannins and stable color.
Aging: The wine is separated from the skins by a soft pressing and is held in stainless steel tanks where the malolactic fermentation takes place. The wine is not filtered. Once it is bottled, the wine is left to refine in the bottle for 5 months before release.
Alcohol: 13%
Food Pairin: It pairs well with a wide variety of food; beef, roasts, grilled meats, veal, tomato pasta dishes, with baked lasagna and grilled chicken.
Serving temperature: 18°- 20° C (64°- 68°F)
Glass type: Balloon