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 with northern and northwestern exposure and calcareous and clay soil and a density of 1,600-4,000 vines per hectare.
VINIFICATION AND AGING
Hand harvested in early October and fermented in stainless steel tanks after a short maceration on skins. Aged in stainless steel for three months.
Brilliant, cherry-red color with notes of plump fruit, musk and sun-dried flowers; the well-balanced palate combines structure and a refreshing acidity.
Best served at 8-10 °C (46.4-50 °F); very versatile in its pairings.