Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC

100% Montepulciano from vineyards within the township of Ortona. Harvest takes place in early October. The grapes macerate on the skins for a short period (around six hours) to achieve the lovely rose hue, followed by racking and fermentation without the skins for fifteen days. The result is a lively, light cherry color; the nose is fruity, intense, and persistent, showing notes of strawberry confirmed on a medium-bodied palate with excellent intensity, balance, and persistence. Bright and fun, but an especially great value.

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  • 2017 | James Suckling90
  • 2017 | Vinous90
  • 2016 | Ultimate Wine Challenge92
  • 2013 | Luca Maroni93
  • 2013 | Tastings88
  • 2014 | Wine Spectator87
Grape Varieties:

100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

15 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast, locally harvested

Fermentation temperature:

12 °C (53.6 °F)

Maceration technique:

cold maceration

Length of maceration:

6 hours

Malolactic fermentation:


Fining agent:


Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Container size:

12,500-30000 liters

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

2 months

Aging in bottle:

1 month


Natural Cork



Vineyard location:

Near Ortona, Abruzzo

Vineyard size:

1-3 hectares (2.47 - 7.4 acres)

Soil composition:

Clay and limestone

Vine training:

Pergola (Tendone)


230-430 (750-1,400 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,800-2,500 plant per hectare


3-6 tons per hectare



Years planted:

15-35 years

Age of vines:

15-35 years

Time of harvest:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

150,000 bottles

Tasting notes:

bright cherry pink. Intense and persistent, delicate fragrance, very fruity with notes of small redfruits (strawberry). Medium body, intense, well-balanced,soft and round, very long in the mouth. Drink young.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 6-8 °C (42.-46.4 °F).

Food pairings:

he result is a lively, light cherry color (“cerasuolo” means cherry); the nose is fruity, intense and persistent, with notes of strawberry, which are confirmed on a medium-bodied palate with excellent intensity, balance and length.

Aging potential:

Up to 2 years


13,00% vol


Rino SanteUSAnio, Francesco De Santis , Dennis Verdecchia