2009 Masciarelli Montepulciano d' Abruzzo

Year: 2009
Appellation: Abruzzo
Country: Italy
Wine Advocate: 87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2009 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an absolutely joyous glass of wine for the money. This is exactly the type of wine that Abruzzo does so well. There is nothing complicated here, just a delicious red bursting with plums, licorice and spices. A juicy, tasty wine, the Montepulciano is best suited for drinking over the next 1-3 years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. " (WA)

Winery Notes:
Harvest takes place end of September until early October. Fermentation and aging takes place in stainless steel.

Tasting Notes:
Over the past ten years the Masciarelli Wine Estate has been the most cutting edge producer in the most cutting edge region of Italy. In Italy Azienda Agricola Masciarelli is famous as Italy’s 2004 Winery of the Year, just on the heels of Gianni Masciarelli’s Winemaker of the Year honors in 2003. Today Masciarelli is the largest organically farmed Estate in Italy, 1000 prime acres of Abruzzo vineyards from the cool, mountain Villa Gemma and Marina Cvetic vineyards at San Martino, to the warm, low lying Valori and Iskra vineyards in Teramo and in Italy’s newest DOCG, Contraguerra. We deeply mourn Gianni Masciarelli’s passing last summer, a mere 52 years with us. Gianni has worked tirelessly to secure his vineyards, his vision, and his legacy as the greatest winemaker of his generation. We offer you a bit of that legacy, a genuine piece of Italian vinous art pure and true. A nice marriage of old and new world styles. It has a few characteristics that make it a bit dirty and interesting in an old world way, but enough fruit to appeal to fans of new world wines. It has a slightly smoky and dusty nose with dark berries and leather. There is very good concentration in the palate. Cherries, blackberries and chocolate all have a strong presence. There is a lot of fruit, but the fruit is a touch young tasting—keeping this wine very dry. It has a medium length finish with smooth tannins and a hint of chocolate. Drink with pizza, pasta or burgers while taking a load off with good friends.