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Villa Medoro Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2012
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.
Also known as Ugni blanc in France, Trebbiano claims a top slot in white grape vineyard acreage in Italy. The gold to amber colored variety is so productive, and so much planted in both France and Italy, the world’s two major wine-producing countries, that it may produce more wine than any other vine variety in the world. There are six distinct varieties with Trebbiano as part of their name in Italy alone and it is cited in over 80 DOC regulations—more than any other single variety.
Trebbiano Toscano, one of the most popular, is deliciously light and crisp. Trebbiano d’Abruzzo actually has some aging potential when handled carefully. Ugni blanc is responsible for the whites in the southwest of France called Gascogne blanc. Characterized by green melon, lemon grass and apple flavors and a long, tingling finish, these are fun and often value-priced so make great alternatives to Sauvignon blanc if you’re looking for something new to try.