The Monti estate is located near Teranio, approximately 100 miles east of Rome. Here the mix of southern sun and Adriatic winds create prime conditions for the practice of viticulture. They have successfully cultivated the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, a big, berry redolent fruit with moderate in tannin. All Monti wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation and are unfiltered. The red wines are aged in Slavonian oak, but it is bottle aging, not barrel aging that is the key to Montepulciano's greatness. View all Monti Wines
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2004
Other Red Wine from Southern Italy, Italy
Made from 95% Montepulciano and 5% Sangiovese in combination with other local varieties, fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with periodic pumpovers to ensure greater color and flavor extraction. This Montepulciano is aged in large Slavonian oak barrels for 6-12 months.
Unfined and unfiltered to preserve all its fleshy fruit flavors, this wine has a dark inky color and intense aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry and herbs, followed by licorice, black pepper and smoke. Generous yet pure on the palate with ripe, round tannins, excellent structure and delicate acidity. Recommended with rich pastas, game, sausages, stews and grilled meats. The perfect barbecue wine. A great value!
"Monti's 2004 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is an awesome glass of wine. This plump, juicy, cask-aged Montepulciano is loaded with jammy dark cherries, spices and underbrush. It should offer its finest drinking, not to mention a lot of pleasure, over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2009.
This small family-run estate in Abruzzo makes wines loaded with character. Oenologist Riccardo Cotarella has succeeded in giving the wines a little more polish without robbing the wines of their distinctive personalities. These unfiltered wines strike a very beautiful balance between traditional and modern styles."
Monti is a small estate in the region of Abruzzo. Since its inception, the Monti family winery had been operated by brothers Antonio and Elio until Elio passed away in 2002. The brothers had always been traditionalists in the production of Abruzzo's noble varietal, Montepulciano.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.