Carletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
A perfect complement to soups, cheeses, grilled meats, and spicy sauces.
Armando De Zan, owner of Candoni De Zan Wines and other prestigious brands, has created the Carletto line to honor his beloved uncle and role model. Uncle Carletto was awarded the title "Cavaliere del Lavoro," or "Commander of the Order for Merit Recognition," for his outstanding viticultural work. He was a very well-known agronomist with a passion for uncovering the most authentic native Italian vines. He sought to elevate the status of several regional varieties, including Prosecco and Pinot Grigio from Veneto. With every glass of Carletto Wines you will experience the Classsic Italian Taste.
A warm, Mediterranean vine-growing paradise, in Abruzzo, the distance from mountains to seaside is relatively short. The Apenniness, which run through the center of Italy, rise up on its western side while the Adriatic Sea defines its eastern border.
Wine composition tends to two varieties: Abruzzo’s red grape, Montepulciano and its white, Trebbiano. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can come in a quaffable, rustic and fruity style that generally drinks best young. It is also capable of making a more serious style, where oak aging tames its purely wild fruit.
Trebbiano in Abruzzo also comes in a couple of varieties. Trebbiano Toscana makes a simple and fruity white. However when meticulously tended, the specific Trebbiano d’Abruzzo-based white wines can be complex and long-lived.
In the region’s efforts to focus on better sites and lower yields, vine acreage has decreased in recent years while quality has increased.
Montepulciano is the second most planted red variety in Italy after Sangiovese, though it is achieves its highest potential in the region of Abruzzo. Consistently enticing and enjoyable, Montepulciano enjoys great popularity throughout central and southern Italy as well. A tiny bit grows with success in California, Argentina and Australia. Somm Secret—Montepulciano is also the name of a village in Tuscany where, confusingly, they don’t grow the Montepulciano grape at all! Sangiovese shines in yet another Tuscan village, here making the reputable wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.