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
Grape Varieties:

100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

15-18 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

24-28 °C (75.2-82.4 °F)

Maceration technique:

Pumpovers

Length of maceration:

15-18 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Bentonite

Aging containers:

Barrique, tonneaux and oak barrels

Container size:

225 L, 5 hL, 7 hl, 15 hl, 25hl

Container age:

partially New

Type of oak:

French

Bottling period:

Late Summer/ Early fall

Aging before bottling:

12 months

Aging in bottle:

12 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

No

Vineyard location:

Orsogna, Abruzzo

Soil composition:

Calcareous clay

Vine training:

Guyot

Altitude:

432 meters (1,417 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

1,600-4,000 vines per hectare

Yield:

2.4 ton/acre

Exposure:

southeastern, southwestern, northwestern

Years planted:

1994, 1999

Age of vines:

20 - 25 years

Time of harvest:

Early October

First vintage of this wine:

1999

Total yearly production (in bottles):

27,000

Tasting notes:

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.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

Excellent with red meat, cold cuts and aged cheese.

Aging potential:

4-10 years

Alcohol:

13.50%

Winemaker:

Romano D'Amario