Pignotto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva DOCG 2008

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Granted DOCG status in 2003, the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane appellation comprises the hills around the province of Teramo, an area esteemed for wines that show concentration and intensity of fruit. Although the appellation allows for some Sangiovese in the wine, this wine is made from 100% Montepulciano sourced entirely from the Pignotto vineyard, which is named after a hill in the oldest section of the Monti family estate vineyards.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby-red in color, aromas of blackberries and black fruits are nuanced by hints of herbs and cooking spices. On the palate, fine-grained tannins and an incredibly rich mouthfeel make tasting this wine an experience not soon forgotten.

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with any number of entrées, from crab-stuffed filet mignon to tuna tartare, and veal saltimbocca to demi-glace-covered bread dumplings.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG
Vineyard name:
The Pignotto vineyard
Vineyard size:
8 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Sandy-Loam
Training method:
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation:
825 feet
Vines/acre:
1,200
Yield/acre:
1.6 tons
Exposure:
Southeastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted:
1985
Harvest time:
October
First vintage of this wine:
2000
Bottles produced of this wine:
6,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
75 °F
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers and Aeration
Length of maceration:
24 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
Two-Three years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12-14 months
Length of bottle aging:
6-12 months

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