BINOMIO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO

In our opinion, the Montepulciano variety cultivated in the Abruzzi clearly has a Greek/Balkan origin, due to its complex morphological characteristics, its vigour, and so on. We also believe that it became widespread in the very distant past, perhaps even in pre-Roman times, when it made its home in the Peligna Valley between the villages of Raiano and Sulmona, which, as history would have us believe, was colonized by Paeligni people coming from Asia Minor or Illyria in approximately the 12th century BC.

To learn more read > Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano?

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TYPE

Red DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

AREA

Abruzzo-Pescara. On the edge of the park on the hills of Mount Majella

VARIETY

Montepulciano 100% – Africa-Binomio clone

TASTING NOTES

Deep dense intense ruby red colour, with a purple viscous rim.
Intense nose with ripe blackberry, wild strawberry and spices.
Powerful and expansive on the palate, with ripe tannins and great balance. Round and fresh ending, long-lasting, with aromatic persistence.

FOOD PAIRING

Pecora alla Callara.
Oven-baked or grilled meat.
Matured cheese.

VINEYARD CHARACTERISTICS

MUNICIPALITY: San Valentino in Abruzzo Citeriore
SURFACE AREA: 4.2 hectares
ALTITUDE: about 300-350 m above sea level
EXPOSURE: fully south
NATURE OF THE SOIL: clayey with average consistency
GROWING METHOD: very open Abruzzo classic “Tendone”
DENSITY: 1600 – 2000 vines/hectare
AVERAGE VINEYARD AGE: over 35 years
AVERAGE YIELD : 45/50 quintals/hectare
HARVESTING: by hand
ANNUAL PRODUCTION: 13.000 bottles (0.75 l) and 250 magnums (1.5l)

VINIFICATION

Hand picking. De-stemming of the grapes.
Maceration and fermentation in vertical vats. Racking, pressing and malolactic fermentation. The wine is then transferred into new and second -use (50/50) French oak barriques. Refining for about 15-18 months, selection of the best barriques, racking without clarification.
Light filtration before bottling.

HIGHLIGHTS

2013 – 92p Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
2011 – Wine Spectator TOP 100 Wines of Italy in 2016, 93 p. James Suckling, 5 grappoli Bibenda 2016, Corona Vini Buoni d’Italia 2016, 91 p. Antonio Galloni’s Vinous, 91 p. Wine Spectator
2010 – Wine Spectator TOP 100 Wines of Italy in 2015, 92 p. Wine Spectator, 92 p. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 16,5 Jancis Robinson
2009 – 93 p. Wine Spectator, 93 p. James Suckling
2008 – 94 p. James Suckling , 5 Grappoli Bibenda 2013, 92 p. Wine Spectator, 91 p. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
2007 – 93 p. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 p. Wine Spectator
2006 – 90 p. The Wine Advocate – Wine Opus 2011 “rising star”, 90 p. Wine Spectator
2005 – 92 p. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 p. Wine Spectator
2003 –92 p. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 92 p. Wine Spectator
2002 – 5 grappoli AIS, 91 p. Wine Spectator
2001 – 95 p. Wine Spectator

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