Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT 2005
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A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Aglianico grown in the estate vineyards at Montevetrano.
Montevetrano is deep garnet and shows an intense bouquet of red berries, cedar, black currant, licorice, tobacco and leather. On the palate, Montevetrano is fullbodied, yet elegant with finegrained tannins and rich, silky texture. Pleasing hundreds of wine lovers and collectors around the world with its distinctive character and rich spectrum of flavors, Montevetrano is one of the most soughtafter wines from Italy.
Wine Spectator - "Very ripe and raisiny, with tar and licorice character that turns to volcanic ash and dried flowers. Full and chewy, yet balanced and polished, with a solid core of fruit and a long, subtle, flavored finish. Best after 2009. "
The Wine Advocate - "Imparato's 2005 Montevetrano is a medium-bodied, somewhat slender version of this wine. It offers a compelling array of crushed flowers, spices, graphite, cracked pepper and jammy blackberries. Today it comes across as less complex than the 2004, but it still very tightly wound and may merit a higher score in the future. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020. "
International Wine Cellar - "Medium-deep red. Perfumed cassis aroma complicated by graphite, cedar and mineral notes, plus a not unpleasant hint of bell pepper. Suave and refined on entry, then more spicy and brisk with air, picking up a mineral tang and an enticing floral quality to its cassis and boysenberry flavors. In the style of the vintage, this is a sleeker, smaller-structured Montevetrano in which the youthfully aggressive tannins are almost painful at present and will require a decade of aging-at the least. Finishes clean and impressively long."
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Proprietress Silvia Imparato indulged in wine as a hobby until she decided to rebuild her family's vineyards in Montevetrano. She employed the skills of highly regarded winemaker Riccardo Cotarella and they have created an outstanding icon wine from the often underestimated region of Campania. Montevetrano is a small zone in the hills near the commune of San Cipriano Picentino, not far from Salerno. The property is surrounded by mountains, but the vineyards are situated on gentle slopes facing south by southwest. The heart of the estate is a beautiful, ancient villa. The basement of the villa also served as the cellar in the first years of production. Now the wine is made and stored in a new modern cellar built in 2000. The old cellar is now used privately by Silvia and her friends. Within a very short period of time Cotarella and Imparato have produced an absolute jewel in this location. Cotarella is particularly proud of this wine; being the very first and most special icon wine he made, he considers it "The Father" of his reds. View all Montevetrano Wines
About Southern ItalyAbruzzi, Puglia, & Campania
AbruzziKind of central, kind of southern, this region is best known for it's wine, Montapulciano d'Abruzzi – this wine is made from the Montelpulciano grape, unlike Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano, made with a Sangiovese clone in the region of Montelpuliciano. The Montelpulciano grape is happiest here in Abruzzi and the wine is rustic, yet soft and often fruity. The best part is that it's also good value and super food-friendly.
PugliaSometimes called Apuglia outside of Italy, the area is known for making wine from the Zinfandel-related Primitivo variety. It sits on the Adriatic coast, facing Greece, and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. A productive wine region, Puglia makes a lot of wine, some of it not so high quality. Luckily, the good wine is exported and is of excellent value.
CampaniaPerhaps better known for the city of Naples than the wine produced, Campania does have a couple of wines worth recognition. First, the white known as Greco di Tufo – an indigenous variety, Greco produces white wine that is dry, with a subtle nutty flavor. The best-known red here is Taurasi, made from the Aglianico grape, producing a wine of distinct color and flavor, with aromas of tar and leather.
A little ditty about Italy...This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.