Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2011

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This small, family-owned winery even involves the family dog on the bottle. "Baffo," meaning "mustached" in Italian, is the name of Monti's Spinone breed that appears on each bottle. The Spinone are famed as being versatile hunting dogs of ancient heritage with origins in northern Italy.

Tasting Notes

Unfined and unfiltered to preserve all its fleshy, fruit flavors, this wine has a dark, inky, red color and intense aromas of ripe blackberries, cherries, and herbs with undertones of licorice, black pepper, and smoke. Generous, yet pure on the palate, this wine's ripe, round tannins and delicate acidity make for an excellent overall structure. 

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with sausages, tomato sauces, barbecue, and ancho chile-based dishes.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Vineyard size:
13 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation:
825 feet
Vines/acre:
1,320
Yield/acre:
2.4 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1985-1995
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
1970
Bottles produced of this wine:
20,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
8 days
Fermentation temperature:
75 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers and Aeration
Length of maceration:
18-20 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Casks
Size of aging container:
25 HL
Age of aging container:
Eight years
Type of oak:
Slavonian
Length of aging before bottling:
6-12 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months

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