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Cataldi Madonna
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Abruzzo

Despite the name, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is in no way linked with the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The Tuscan wine is named after the town, while Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is named after the varietal. This wine is produced from grapes grown in four vineyards. Macerone, the oldest vineyard, still utilizes pergola trellising, while the other three use spalliera.


Owner: Luigi Cataldi Madonna
Website: www.cataldimadonna.com
Winemaker: Lorenzo Landi
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Vineyard Location: Macerone, Collelungo, Campogalliano and Picolle
Orientation: North-West
Elevation: 1,250-1,575 ft
Vines Planted: 1970-2004
Trellising: Pergola (Macerone) and spalliera (younger vineyards)
Vines/Acre: 610 (pergola), 2,025 (spalliera)
Yield/Acre: 40-45 q. li.
Soil: Clay loam rich in calcareous skeleton

Vinification
Maceration for 7-15 days in stainless steel, depending on the vintage, with periodic rimontage, malolactic fermentation

Aging Process
In stainless steel for 12 months followed by at least three months of bottle refinement

Tasting Notes
Color: Deep ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, little transparency
Bouquet: Intense, clean and pleasing aromas of black cherry, blueberry, plum, carob and violet followed by pleasing aromas of walnut-husk
Flavor: Balanced, agreeable tannins, good body and intense flavors; finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and plum
Pairings: Ideal throughout the meal and can stand up to strong flavors

Alcohol Content: 13%
Serving Temperature: 62°F
Production: 100,000 bottles