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Cataldi Madonna Toni Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Bright ruby red color. The bouquet on the nose is rich, textured expression of dark fruit with balanced oak and smoky notes. On the palate it is dry and warm with elegant tannins and medium body; mature fruit notes accompanied by pleasant acidity give this wine a fresh full character, very refined and long on the finish.

Ideal throughout the meal and can stand up to strong flavors.

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An elegant red, with creamy tannins and flavors of crème de cassis, dried strawberry and mocha underscored by hints of grilled meat, herb and smoke. Medium- to full-bodied and supple, with a lightly chewy, spiced finish. Drink now through 2027.
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Cultivation of the vine and production of wine have very ancient origins in Abruzzi and it is likely that it was the Etruscans to introduce the vine in this region. The Greeks were probably the first to praise its qualities and soon after, they were followed by the Romans. Abruzzi is mostly mountains; to the west there are Apennines, of which Gran Sasso and Maiella are the most important and to the east the region meets the Adriatic sea. It is in the province of L'Aquila, at the feet of the southern side of Gran Sasso, where the Luigi Cataldi Madonna winery is located. The winery was established in 1920 and in 1968 began a modernization process started by Antonio Cataldi Madonna, who worked to plant new vineyards and to renovate the winery's structures and facilities.

The winery is run by his son, Luigi Cataldi Madonna, who continues the important working philosophy whose goal is to safeguard and enhance the specific characteristics of the terroir. Ofena, the city where the winery is located, is in a mountain's valley at 380 meters (1246 feet), to the feet of Gran Sasso, which is traditionally called "oven of Abruzzo". Thanks to the exceptional exposition to the sun and to the sensible diurnal tempratures, this area has remarkable qualities for wine making, also thanks to the composition of the soil.

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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.

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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.

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