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Villa Medoro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    A lively and bright ruby red color with black cherry, red fruit and spices on the nose. Pleasingly smooth and drinkable with notes of red fruit.

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    Villa Medoro

    Villa Medoro

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    Villa Medoro, Abruzzo, Italy
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    Villa Medoro is owned by the Della Loggia-Morricone Family. In 1966, Federica Morricone's grandfather, Mr. Luigi Della Loggia, bought property in Medoro, a small village located near Atri in Abruzzo. The estate now encompasses over 250 hectares, 107 of which are currently planted with vines.

    Set in the beautiful area of Teramo hills and overlooking the green Adriatic Sea, this area is particularly suited to prime viticulture. Federica Morricone, a young and powerful entrepreneur, took control of the estate in 1996, at the very young age of just 22 years old. Since then, she has completely changed the objective of the company to focus on making high quality wine that starts directly in the vineyard with low grape yields per hectare, a feature that is somewhat unique in a region that often prioritizes quantity versus quality. "Villamedoro l'anima del vino" or "Villa Medoro is the soul of wine" is the motto and driving concept behind this company.

    Federica is a person with great passion and commitment and in a very short time she has reached very high objectives that include introducing Villa Medoro to the national level as well as the international market with great success. Riccardo Cotarella, Italy's leading wine consultant, met Federica in 2003 and from that vintage forward they started a great collaboration together that includes both the winery and vineyards. A new winery facility was completed in 2012 and there is also a guesthouse on the property with four rooms.

    Villa Medoro is one of the most awarded wineries of the region, receiving accolades like Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso, 3 Stars Veronelli and 5 Grappoli Duemilavini A.I.S. (Italian Association of Sommeliers), 92+ points from Robert Parker and 90 points from Wine Spectator.

    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

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    Consistently enticing and enjoyable, Montepulciano enjoys great popularity throughout central and southern Italy and is gaining quite a following in many other parts of the world. Widely prolific in its homeland, Montepulciano is actually the second most planted red variety in Italy after Sangiovese, though it is most associated with the region of Abruzzo where it achieves its highest potential. A tiny bit grows in California, Argentina and Australia as well.

    In the Glass

    Dark and inky, Montepulciano brims with boysenberry, black plum and juicy tart cherry flavors. Typical aromas come in the form of berry pie, freshly cut Italian herbs, dark chocolate and licorice. It’s a full-bodied wine with fine to rustic tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Historically this variety has been one to inhabit many pizzeria and cafe wine lists throughout central and into southern Italy, offering amazing value for everyday consumption. It is no doubt a perfect complement to a variety of other foods we are used to: barbecued brisket, meatloaf, Shepherd’s Pie, meatloaf and grilled portabella mushrooms. Think of it as the perfect alternative to Syrah, Petite Sirah or Malbec if you’re looking to broaden your horizons.

    Sommelier Secret

    The wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is actually not to be confused with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also the name of a village in Tuscany; Sangiovese grows there and is responsible for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The grape called Montepulciano grows in Abruzzo and makes the wine called Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

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