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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane is Abruzzo’s jewel in the crown, a fact confirmed by its promotion to DOCG status in 2003. Situated in Central Italy, its name (Colline Teramane) means hills of Teramo, and it is thanks to this prime hilly site with outstanding growing conditions that the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo gem can shine. This territory in the province of Teramo, with its special microclimate and good soil structure, is located between the high peaks of the Gran Sasso National...
Ruby red in color, displaying violet highlights in its youth. Delicious red fruit aromas on the nose with a deep, full and harmonious palate and lingering hint of licorice on the finish. Riparosso is Barrel aged in Slovenian oak for 7-8 months and further bottled aged for another 3-4 months before release.
The area around Controguerra and Nereto is situated on the North of the Abruzzo region between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. It is an ancient site with a perfect climate for growing grapes and making exceptional wines. The Estate vineyards extend over 150 acres of the finest terrain of the whole region. The nature of the terrain is a perfectly balanced mix of clay and sand with marked presence of siliceous substances (potash, magnesium, lime, and components of silicate). The terrain is loose, deep, and fertile on considerably high, hilly grounds, twelve hundred to fifteen hundred feet above sea level.
Made using a traditionally long period of maceration and skin contact but in modern stainless steel to allow for temperature control. Fermentation is held at 28°C. Once it finishes malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in large, 25 hl, Slavonian oak barrels for a period of approximately 6 months. Bottling is initiated only 2-3 months before the wine is released for sale.
- 89 Points -
Ian D'Agata, May 2015
Deep ruby. Tar, underbrush and shoe polish notes complicate dark plum on the deep, archetypal Montepulciano nose. More underbrush and spiced plum in the mouth, with peppery acidity providing lift and freshness but giving the wine a slightly lean mouthfeel. Finishes clean and moderately long. Aged for six months in large oak barrels.See detailed press review