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Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Costalupo’

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Tasting Notes

Trebbiano d’Abruzzo is the region’s white-wine partner to its iconic red Montepulciano. Illuminati’s Costalupo is one of the top examples offered at a great price. Straw yellow in color with greenish reflections. Fruit-forward. It offers delicate aromas of citrus and stone fruity and hints of white flowers. Dry with a refreshing, crisp acidity. Perfect for quaffing, it will also pair well with delicate dishes such as appetizers, seafood salads, linguine alle vongole (spaghetti with clam sauce) and soups.

Illuminati’s Costalupo was previously labeled as Controguerra Bianco DOC and presented as a blend of 70% Trebbiano along with Passerina and Chardonnay. Starting with the 2013 vintage it is labeled with the more consumer-friendly appellation of Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC (as allowed by DOC Rules for wines made from at least 85% Trebbiano) and features clear bottle.

Winery

Illuminati

Region

Abruzzo

Varietal

85% Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, 15% Chardonnay

Location of Vineyards

Controguerra

Orientation

Northeast

Altitude

270 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Traditional

Soil

Loose terrain with small amounts of clay

Type of Cultivation

Pergola Abruzzese, trellis

Vinification

Grapes are harvested in late September, de-stemmed and crushed softly. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures.

Aging

In stainless steel.

Alcohol Content

12.5%

Total Production

100,000 bottles

Oenologist

Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone