DOCG Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Nicodemi, 2014
Deep garnet colour. Nose of black cherry, raspberry, blueberry and vanilla. On palate this wine is lively and fruity. The forward, fine- grained tannins are integrated with the velvety flesh. A long finish of liquorice and spice.
|Origin:||Italien / Abruzzen / Montepulciano d'Abruzzo C.T.|
|Ripening potential:||3 to 10 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Spiced grillades, Saltimbocca, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Wild specialities, Spicy hard cheese, Orecchiette, Strozzapreti alla siciliana|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, long must fermentation, fermentation in steel tank|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection, hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel|
|Maturation:||in new barriques, in used barriques, some months bottle storage before sale|
|Maturation duration:||18 months|
Italy – Where wine is a way of life
The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.
Fattoria Nicodemi / Fam. Nicodemi
The name is a source of confusion. Montepulciano is a well-known location in Tuscany, after which this grape is presumably named. But it is not at all grown in Montepulciano itself, where the Sangiovese reigns. The Montepulciano actually has its stronghold in the Abruzzo region, located in central Italy on the Adriatic Sea. It also plays a key role in Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno in the Marche region. Wines of this variety are dense and dark with flavours of cherry, plum and spices and earthy, robust tannins. The Montepulciano grape loves the sun, which explains why in recent years it has increasingly spread to southern Italy.