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Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOCG Colline Teramane ‘Zanna’

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Tasting Notes

Montepulciano Riserva ‘Zanna’ is the winery’s flagship wine, a 3 Bicchieri Award winner for years in a row. Produced only in the best vintages, Zanna is made with a selection of grapes from old vines (45 years old on average) from a single vineyard, pergola-trained with monitored low production through green harvest.

Zanna is intense ruby red in color, turning garnet with time. There are hints of blackberry, berry fruits, and dried flowers on the nose. On the palate the wine has great texture and soft tannins, with an elegant and long finish. It will pair perfectly with red meat, game, truffles, and aged cheeses, particularly gorgonzola.

Zanna was not produced in 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2014. When not produced, the juice is used for the winery’s entry level Riparosso.

2008 Vintage rated 3 Bicchieri, 90 pts WA, 92 WA

2010 Vintage rated 3 Bicchieri, 92 W&S, 94 Vinous, 90 WS, 92 WRO

2011 Vintage rated 3 Bicchieri GR, 90 Vinous, 91 WRO, 90 WS

Winery

Illuminati

Region

Abruzzo

Varietal

100% Montepulciano

Location of Vineyards

Controguerra

Orientation

South

Altitude

287 meters above sea level

Type of Planting

Traditional

Soil

Porous with small amounts of clay

Type of Cultivation

Pergola Abruzzese

Vinification

The Zanna vineyard was the first planted by the estate, but is one of the last to be harvested. After strong pruning and careful selection of grapes, it is produced only in the best of years. Maceration on the skins lasts 16 days at controlled temperature in stainless steel.

Aging

Once malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred into Slavonian oak casks (25 hl in size) where it remains for 24 months, followed by at least 2 years in bottle.

Alcohol Content

14.5%

Total Production

80,000 bottles, only in the best vintages

Oenologist

Claudio Cappellacci, Giorgio Marone