An hour-and-a-half drive east of the bustling Italian capital is a landscape so peaceful and untouched you’d wonder if it belongs to the same country. Green valleys, snow-capped mountains, the Adriatic Sea about twelve miles eastwards: this is where the village of Orsogna and Gaetano Lamaletto’s estate are located. In 1995, the Lamaletto family purchased a vast tract of outstanding hillside vineyards in the region’s best appellation, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Equidistant from Abruzzo’s finest beaches and ski resorts, at the foot of Mount Majella (2,793 meters/9,163 feet high), the winery itself is spectacular: built entirely underground, it consists of five floors that were dug into the rock. Each floor is 1,500 square meters (16,146 square feet) and the heart of the operation (vinification, barrel and barrique cellars and bottle storage) is 14 meters (46 feet) beneath the vineyards.
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
AGE OF VINES
From vineyards located in Orsogna, Abruzzo, 432 meters (1,417 feet) above sea level; southeastern and southwestern and northwestern exposure with calcareous and clay soil and a density of 3,600-8,000 vines per hectare.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
Hand harvested in late October and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with daily pumpovers for 15-18 days. Aged in oak barrels of varying capacities for 12 months and then in bottle for six months.
Deep, dense ruby in color, the bouquet is beautifully rich, offering aromas of black cherries and raisins, which meld with notes of licorice, scorched earth and goudron confirmed on a ripe, layered palate of impressive purity.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F) and with red meat, cold cuts and aged cheese.
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