Torre Zambra Colle Maggio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2016

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Region: DOC Montepulciano dÁbruzzo, Italy

Alcohol: 14%

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Wine Maker notes: Specific vineyard techniques to reduce yields per hectare are the secret behind Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva “Colle Maggio”.

Produced by Torre Zambra winery on the Colle Maggio hillside, in Villamagna, at an altitude of about 200 metres, the unique south-east exposure of the vines and the limestone and clay soils, combined with per-hectare yields of under 100 quintals, guarantee complexity and structure to this great red vin de garde. The grapes are picked by hand and collected in small wooden crates in the second ten days of October. Once in the cellars, the long maceration in steel tanks at controlled temperature extracts all the colour from the skins.

The wines then mature for 6 months in concrete vats, and the part of them destined to become Reserve is left for a further 15 months in French and Slavonian oak tonneaux (precisely 40% in first-passage oak and 60% in second-passage), followed by 6 months in the bottle.

Tasting notes: Its deep, inky red colour will seduce you, inspiring calm and reflection. The refined nose profile hints at autumn leaves and ripe fruit unfolding to reveal raspberry and spices, with notes of coffee, tobacco and cocoa powder in the finale. The wine is full-bodied and well-structured but never aggressive, with the time spent in the wood adding a hint of spice in the close, and the note of cocoa powder accentuating and underscoring the roundness and a stunning balance.

Grape Variety/Blend: Montepulciano dÁbruzzo 100%

Food Pairing: Calf filet with crispy bacon in Montepulciano sauce is highly recommended.

Recommended drinking temperature 17-°18°C.