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Controguerra Rosso Riserva DOC ‘Lumen’

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Tasting Notes

‘Lumen’ is a ‘Super-Abruzzo’ blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon for a more international approach. Made only in the best vintages.

Dark, ruby in color, Lumen opens with notes of blackberry, red currant, and ripe red fruits which continue onto the palate which is rich and opulent yet well-balanced, well-structured and elegant. A wine of great personality and an inviting finish. Lumen with age well. It is best enjoyed with red meats, game, lamb, and spicy/aged cheeses.

Although still somewhat obscure, Controguerra is a DOC in Abruzzo, established in 1996 thanks to the persistent effort of a few, local winegrowers, including long-time advocate Dino Illuminati. He helped bring Controguerra into the limelight by combining his innovative ideas with tradition as it included wines produced from international varieties along with natives.

2007 rated 92 WE

2008 rated 91 WA, 93 JS

2010 rated 91 WA, 90 Vinous, 95 WRO

2011 rated 91 Vinous, 91 WS, 91 LM

2013 rated 91 WE







70% Montepulciano, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Location of Vineyards

Controguerra, Torano (Teramo)




280 meters above sea level

Type of Planting



Loose terrain with small amounts of clay

Type of Cultivation



Grapes for Lumen are carefully selected and are among the last to be harvested (early October for the Cabernet and mid-October for the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo). Destemmed and softly crushed, they are processed separately in stainless steel and macerate for approx. 15-18 days on the skins at at controlled temperature.


Once malolactic is completed, the wines are blended and transferred into 225-lt French barriques of different types of oak and aged for 18 months. The wine then rests in bottle for another 12 to 14 months.

Alcohol Content


Total Production

18,000 bottles, only in the best vintages


Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone