Red Wine Masciarelli - Villa Gemma - Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva

2011

 
Masciarelli - Villa Gemma - Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
Masciarelli - Villa Gemma - Montepulciano d' Abruzzo Riserva
SKU
83373-11/6PK
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Estate

Founded in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for Abruzzo, and an inspiration to all emerging Italian wine regions. At just 22 years of age, Gianni Masciarelli believed that his home of Abruzzo and native grape varieties could produce world-class wines, but the true potential had yet to be realized. With a strong focus on vineyard management, Gianni went against the grain with intense vineyard site and farming focus, reducing yields, working organically, and greatly increasing fruit quality. In the winery, he broke the mold by gently and precisely handling fruit, and introducing French barriques to add depth and complexity to his wines, and resulting in better integration of tannin. The innovation Gianni and his wife Marina Cvetic brought to the vineyards and the winery has been rewarded with 29 Tre Bicchieri and recognition as a groundbreaking and iconic winery in Italy.

Vineyard

This wine is a singular expression of Montepulciano from the Colle Cave vineyard in Chieti, the vineyard directly behind the house of Gianni's grandfather, and where his grandfather first started making wine in 1930. This steep-sloped site consists of limestone, clay and gravel, and the traditional pergola vine training is abandoned here for the French Guyot training system.

Wine

Started in Gianni Masciarelli's grandfather's basement, Villa Gemma is the wine that announced Abruzzo to the world, showcasing what the region and grapes ofAbruzzo could produce. Villa Gemma is the only Italian wine with 14 consecutive Tre Bichhieris and, far more important, the wine that established Abruzzo as capable of making truly distinct, extraordinary wines, and for Italy as a whole drove interesin the discovery of the undiscovered, extraordinary terroirs of Italy. Villa Gemma Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a powerfully – almost undeniably – intense wine of character and complexity, with deep fruit and complex earthy and spicy secondary characteristics that could come only from the Montepulciano grape in Abruzzo.

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