Caroso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2014

The name Caroso is derived from the Italian, “Caro,” meaning elegant, rich and valued.  It is sourced from a selection of exceptionally old vines (more than 55 yrs) planted on undulating hillsides that overlook the Adriatic.  This is a truly unique corner of the world and it produces a truly unique and refined wine.   

About the Vineyard

The patches of old vine Montepulciano that source Caroso are interspersed with olive groves, gardens, and wildflowers.  They rest on steep hillsides at more than 1,100 feet of elevation within view of the sea.  Here, the vines are cared for by hand. 

Wine Production

Fermentation takes place in stainless steel. The wine is then transferred to French oak for the malolactic conversion and 24 months’ aging.  An additional 12 months refinement in bottle ensue before the wine is ready for release.

Tasting Notes

Deep purple with hints of plums and blackberry preserve.  Velvety tannins and moderate acidity frame a muscular structure and long finish.

Food Pairing

Caroso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo stands up to the most regal of dishes, although it works equally well on its own as a Vino da Meditazione. A classic pairing is seared chateaubriand.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Abruzzo DOP
Vineyard name
Contrada Caroso
Vineyard size
90 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous
Training method
VSP
Elevation
6,600 feet
Vines/acre
1700 - 1800
Average Vine Age
More than 55 years
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1960
Harvest time
October - November
First vintage of this wine
1973
Bottles produced of this wine
12,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container
Steel Tanks and Wooden Barrels
Length of alcoholic fermentation
18-22 days
Fermentation temperature
71-77 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and Aeration
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Length of bottle aging
12 MONTHS
Size of aging container
225 L / 25 HL
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
24 MONTHS