2013 Contesa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 3.0L

Year: 2013
Appellation: Abruzzo
Country: Italy
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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"Aromas of spiced blackberry, cherry and fig offer a solid core to the nose, lifted by accents of fresh tobacco leaf and tilled earth. The medium-bodied palate is built by a firm grip of tannins that house concentrated berry and cigar flavors, with tangy granite and integrated acidity pushing through. Drink now–2023. -Alexander Peartree" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Fantastic Montepulciano from Contesa's estate in the Pescara province of Abruzzo. A lightly oaked and more complex style than their Caparrone Montepulciano. Produced from a selection of grapes from the best plots of Montepulciano grown on the Contesa estate in Collecorvino, 250m above sea level. The soil is clay / chalk, and harvesting takes place towards the end of October. Maceration on the skins with pumping over for 8-12 days at high temperature (28-30ºC). The wine is then matured in 30hl Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months, with a further 4 months in bottle. Tasting notes Vibrant aromas of ripe black fruit, with hints of dark chocolate and spicy oak. The palate is rich and generous with abundant bramble and black cherry fruit, and structured tannins are balanced by fresh acidity to give an elegant finish. Food match Great paired with roasted or grilled meats.