Story of the Wine:
There is always an initial confusion between the Montepulciano the grape and Montepulciano the Tuscan town. This is the grape. Although it has given its name to the major DOC for the region of Abruzzo the Montepulciano grape is cultivated extensively throughout the southern half of Italy and features in many blends. Montepulciano is a late maturing grape with only moderate acidity, but with longer maceration the resultant tannins can lead to excellently structured, complex wines.
Tre Saggi means Three Wise Men and was named after a fresco in the church of Santa Maria in Piano next to the Talamonti vineyards. The background writing on the label is graffiti from the church.
Grape(s): 100% Montepulciano
Area: Select vineyards located near the village of Loreto Aprutino inland from the city of Pescara.
Av. age vines: Between 15 and 25 years old
Vine density: Between 4,500 and 2,500 per ha.
Training System: Cordone speronato and Tendone
Yield: 55-70 hl/ha.
Harvest: Second week of October for about 3 days
Vinification: 12-15 day temperature controlled fermentation follows a maceration on the skins in stainless steel vats at between 26 and 290C. There is also full malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of 300lt.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List:
1) A bit of a beast of a wine; lashings of dense fruit, backed up by full, but soft tannins and a long finish.
2) The Abruzzo region on Italy’s Adriatic coast has with its Montepulciano grape variety the potential for one of Italy’s great wines. A bit of a beast of a wine; lashings of dense fruit, backed up by full but soft tannins and a long finish.
Vintage 2013 Silver Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015
Vintage 2013 88 points Wine Spectator August 2015
"This leads with aromatic spice box notes that show coconut and violet accents, offering flavors of sappy black cherry and sweet smoke on the palate, with a hint of mocha. Well-knit and medium-bodied, offerig fine-grained tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 5,000 cases made. A.N. "
Vintage 2012 Commended Medal International Wine Challenge 2014
Vintage 2012 Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
Country: Italy Region: Loreto Aprutino - Abruzzo Grape: 100% Montepulciano Product code: 2052 Pack size: 6x75cl
This private winery was established in 2001 to realise the true potential of Abruzzo's vineyards, especially the under-rated Montepulciano grape. The winemaker, Lucio Matricardi previously worked at top estates in Tuscany and brings with him into this young team a blend of modern expertise and tradition.
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