Fantini Casale Vecchio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Made from 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes, the vineyards are located within the townships of Colonnella, Ancorano and Controguerra and cover a total of 25 hectares (nearly 62 acres). Vinification begins with soft pressing and de-stalking with maceration on skins and fermentation for 20 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in American barrique and aging continues for six months. Very deep, brilliant ruby with purple reflections, the bouquet shows excellent intensity and richness, with notes of ripe red fruit, amaretto cookies, marzipan and sweet spices. Mellow, flavorful and complex on the palate, with smooth, velvety tannins, outstanding freshness and balance. Suggested serving temperature is 16-18° C (60.8-64.4° F) and ideal pairings are robust first courses, cold cuts and salami, particularly the excellent varieties to be found in the Abruzzo region, as well as roasts and stews.

TYPE
Red
GRAPES
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
AGE OF VINES
The wine's structure lends itself to 3 to 4 years' cellar age, though its fragrance and fruit can be enjoyed straightaway.
TOTAL PRODUCTION
240,000 bottles per year
WINEMAKER
Filippo Baccalaro
VINEYARD CHARACTERISTICS
From 25 hectares (just under 62 acres) under vine in Colonnella, Ancorano and Controguerra.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
De-stalking and soft pressing is followed by maceration and fermentation on the skins for 20 days, then malolactic fermentation in barriques, where the wine matures for 6 months.
TASTING NOTES
Ruby red with garnet hues; the bouquet is intense, fruity, persistent, with notes of dried flowers, spice, licorice, marasca cherries; full body, rich flavors consistent with nose.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Suggested serving temperature is 16-18° C (60.8-64.4° F). Ideal pairings are robust first courses, cold cuts and salami, particularly the excellent varieties to be found in the Abruzzo region, as well as roasts and stews.
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