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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Riparosso’

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Tasting Notes

100% Montepulciano from hillside single-vineyard, Riparosso is the entry-level wine, a blockbuster and a great introduction to Montepulciano. A joyous, fruit-driven red with juicy dark cherries, flowers and spices that seem to jump from the glass. The palate is deep, full, round, and well-balanced with a lingering hint of licorice on the finish. Pairs well with roasted red meats, braised meats, game, poultry, medium-aged cheeses, and it is ideal with lamb. A perfect everyday red wine and always a crowd favorite!

2012 Riparosso received the NATIONAL OSCAR FOR BEST QUALITY/PRICE WINE by Gambero Rosso

2013 Riparosso received the REGIONAL OSCAR FOR BEST QUALITY/PRICE WINE by Gambero Rosso. Also rated 90 points by Luca Maroni, 89 points Vinous, 89 points International Wine Review

2014 Riparosso also received the REGIONAL OSCAR FOR BEST QUALITY/PRICE WINE by Gambero Rosso. Moreover, because the flagship Riserva Zanna was not produced in 2014, all the great, old-vine juice for Zanna was used for Riparosso instead. 90 WRO, 89 AG

2015 Riparosso received the REGIONAL OSCAR FOR BEST QUALITY/PRICE WINE by Gambero Rosso. Also rated 90 Luca Maroni and 89 Vinous

Winery

Illuminati

Region

Abruzzo

Varietal

100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Location of Vineyards

Controguerra, Torano, Corropoli (Teramo)

Orientation

Southeast

Altitude

250 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Traditional

Soil

Medium-textured soil of clay

Type of Cultivation

Pergola Abruzzese

Vinification

Grapes are usually harvested in the first week of October. Maceration on the skins lasts 14 days in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature.

Aging

Aged 8 months in Slavonian oak casks (25 hl in size), then for another 2 to 3 months in bottle.

Alcohol Content

13.5%

Total Production

650,000 bottles

Oenologist

Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone