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; southern and southeastern 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; maceration on skins for 15-18 days. Aged in oak barrels of varying capacities for 18 months and then in bottle for twelve months.
Deep ruby in color, the bouquet is ample and intense, reminiscent of ripe fruit and spices confirmed on a luscious, complex palate with well-integrated wood and a long, focused, concentrated finish.
Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F) and with red meat, cold cuts and aged cheese.
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