Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Feuduccio DOC
Il Feudcuccio is located in Orsogna, Abruzzo, on the eastern cost of Italy. It is owned by world travelers Gaetano and Maria Lamaletto, who lived for years in South America, but were drawn back to their home of Abruzzo where they now make wine.
The winery is located in the region’s top appellation, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The pristine elevated vineyards are located close to the finest beaches as well as leading ski resorts (at Mount Maiella). 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. Surface under vine totals 133 acres (54 hectares) on sandy/clayey/silty terrain. The microclimate is ideal for cultivation, with very cool nights and warm days, and the vineyards drain well. The clones were selected after painstaking soil analysis, plot by plot. All of the preliminary phases were supervised not only by Gaetano himself, but his son, Camillo Lamaletto and his grandson Gaetano, who currently run the winery.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a mainstay in Abruzzo – and on wine lists across the world, thanks to its often-inky color and highly aromatic nature featuring spicy and earthy nuances. Il Feuduccio has crafted a unique, oak-aged interpretation – fleshy, complex, beautifully structured and intense in all ways.
It is aged for twelve months in varying sizes of oak barrels and at least six months in bottle. Layers and layers of aromas and flavor, to be discovered on by one. Unfiltered.
Wine exported to
Canada, USA, Finland
Most recent awards
- 2015 | James Suckling89
- 2015 | Vinous92
- 2014 | Wine Spectator90
- 2008 | Wine Advocate91
100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
Type of yeast:
24-28 °C (75.2-82.4 °F)
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Barrique, tonneaux and oak barrels
225 L, 5 hL, 7 hl, 15 hl, 25hl
Type of oak:
Late Summer/ Early fall
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432 meters (1,417 feet) above sea level
1,600-4,000 vines per hectare
southeastern, southwestern, northwestern
Age of vines:
20 - 25 years
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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).
Excellent with red meat, cold cuts and aged cheese.