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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOCG Colline Teramane ‘Pieluni’

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Tasting Notes

‘Pieluni’ is the estate’s top selection, made only in the best vintages. 2000 was the first vintage ever produced.

100% Montepulciano from new vineyards, trained in the counter-espalier method with more than 5,000 vines per hectare (average production is 70-80 quintals per hectare).

Pieluni is rich and opulent due to a slightly late harvest, it sees 2 years of ageing in barriques (50% new and 50% of 2nd or 3rd use). Reminiscent of blackberries, plums, raspberries on the nose with hints of vanilla, tobacco, liquorice; greatly structured in its aromas. With a perfect balance on the palate between mellowness and tannins showing a clean flavour full of harmony. It is an elegantly structured wine, very rich, round, fleshy, and of great volume on the palate. It goes well with red meats, grilled lamb, pork, and aged cheeses. Can also be enjoyed as a meditation wine.

2007 Vintage awarded 3 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso, and rated 90 WA, 91 WE

2010 Vintage awarded 3 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso and rated 92 WA, 91 WS

 

Winery

Illuminati

Region

Abruzzo

Varietal

100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Location of Vineyards

Controguerra, Corropoli (Teramo)

Orientation

Southeast

Altitude

280 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Traditional

Soil

Loose soil with small amounts of sand and limestone

Type of Cultivation

Counter-espalier

Vinification

The harvest is done manually in the last 10 days of October. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Maceration on the skins last 25 days at controlled temperatures.

Aging

Once malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred French oak barriques where it remains for 24 months. It then rests another 14 to 15 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content

15%

Total Production

10,000 bottles, only in the best vintages

Oenologist

Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone