Tempesta di Stelle Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, DOC, 2015

Montepulciano is widely planted throughout Central and Southern Italy, but it’s the mountainous region of Abruzzo where it reaches its peak. This region is so cool that making red wine is not possible every year. But when the grapes do ripen, there is no better expression of Montepulciano anywhere under the stars.

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The Place

Located in Central Italy, Abruzzo is renowned for its natural beauty. From the peaks of the Apennines to the sandy beaches of the Adriatic, this is a land of parks and nature reserves. Dispersed along the hillsides of this paradise are vineyards dedicated solely to Montepulciano and Trebbiano. Gran Sasso soars to Italy's highest peak south of the Alps in the heart of this region.

Vineyard & Soils

Perched over 1,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Gran Sasso Range, this vineyard's chalky clay soils, along with the strong diurnal temperature change, help the grapes to develop complexity and balance. Pergola trained vines and Southeastern exposure help this late ripening varietal reach full maturity.

Winemaking

The grapes are picked in late fall, long after the region's peaks have received their first snowfall. The wine is fermented and racked in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, it is aged in a blend of stainless steel and concrete tanks for 6 months.

Tasting Note

A deep, yet clear, ruby red color suggests this wine's balance of concentration and elegance. Enticing aromas of black cherry, vanilla bean, and sage are harbingers of the abundance of dark fruit and supple tannins on the palate. A rich, full body gives way to a long, elegant finish with subtle notes of spice. This wine is built for a hearty rago or Bolognese.