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History and features of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Montepulciano is a grape native red grape of Abruzzo of which we have ancient historical evidence. Even several documents dating back to 1700 speak and shall document their presence in these regions. Recent studies suggest the Montepulciano tied to ancient vines of Greek origin.

The Montepulciano clones that are found today on the market, as unfortunately happens also for other varieties, giving a quite different wine than what you could get a few dozen years ago by old vineyards, because of laboratory operations on cuttings that tend to get more smooth wines with more hints of red fruit.

Medium leaf, pentagonal, five. Has medium-low cluster, with widely spaced, conical, often winged with 1-2 wings. The berries are medium-small, sub-oval, with black-purple skin, waxy and consistent.

Budding and medium-late flowering, late ripening, late ripening. medium vigor.
Generally we find the best expressions of this vine on hilly clay soils with fairly warm and dry climate. The training system should be medium expansion and medium-short pruning. It has an average amount of production but steady. Little resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew resistant rather well to spring frosts.

Expressive power, soft tannins and of course, the ubiquitous red fruit, olfactory and great alcoholic strength amplitude are the main themes.

The high level of alcohol, tannins and extracts gives the wine a potential even bigger than many varieties traditionally more famous, in fact, are born great wines palatable and long aging able to stand at a high level in national and international wine scene.

The color is generally a deep ruby ​​with purple reflections, it tends to garnet after long aging.

Smell is characterized by hints of cherry, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper, licorice, bitter almonds lightly toasted … with the due differences based refining and production technologies of each wine.

In the mouth it identifies the power, black cherry, wild berries, the red fruit jam, the dried plum, spices, tobacco, leather, and the finish is generally very vigorous.

If they get red wines of immediate commercialization and important wines suitable for long aging.