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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Riserva ‘Ilico’

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Tasting Notes

Montepulciano Riserva Ilico is 100% Montepulciano from a single-vineyard, a small but stately step-up from the Riparosso, more structured from extended time in oak, still a great value for a Riserva bottling from a top producer such as Illuminati.

Ilico offers great textural richness and intensity; juicy dark cherries, flowers and spices seem to jump from the glass. A joyous, fruit-driven red, Ilico is an excellent choice for drinking with roasted red meats, braised meats, game, poultry, medium-aged cheeses, and it is ideal with lamb.

With the 2015 vintage (released in the spring of 2018), we have improved the label of our beloved Ilico Riserva, making the varietal more prominent.

- 2013 rated 90+ Vinous, 90 WS

- 2014 rated 90 Vinous

Winery

Illuminati

Region

Abruzzo

Varietal

100% Montepulciano

Location of Vineyards

Ilico Vineyard in Controguerra

Orientation

Southeast

Altitude

260mt asl

Type of Planting

Traditional

Soil

Medium-textured soil of clay

Type of Cultivation

Pergola trellis, approx 1,100 stocks per hectare

Vinification

Grapes are generally harvested during the first decade of October, and after a careful selection are stemmed and very softly crushed. Vinification includes long-term maceration in stainless steel process tanks at a controlled temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

Aging

After malolactic fermentation has taken place, the wine ages in Slavonian oak barrels (25hl) for approximately 12 months, then for another 3 to 4 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Total Production

140,000 bottles

Oenologist

Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone