Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOP 2017

Codice Citra was founded in 1973 when 3,000 small family growers decided to unite to form a winery dedicated to quality. The property, with its 6,000 hectares—14,800 acres—covers the majority of the Chieti province. Since its foundation, Codice Citra has focused on cultivating the most important, indigenous grape varieties within the province of Chieti.

About the Vineyard

These family owned properties, some with only 1 hectare, create a mosaic of small vineyards stretching north to south along the Adriatic coast and east to west from the sea to Majella Mountain. The range of climate and topography offers unparalleled quality and variety.

Wine Production

Hand-harvested grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks with a long maceration at a controlled temperature. The must is frequently pumped over to intensify the aromatics and the color.  The wine is then finished in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in color with purple highlights.  Classic Montepulciano aromas of wild berry, dried herbs, and black pepper are framed by chewy tannin and bright acidity. 

Food Pairing

With a full body, yet mild tannins, this wine pairs well with a variety of foods, including sauce-based first courses, roasts and mixed grills, game and seasoned cheeses.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Terramare
Vineyard size
7,400 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Pebbly
Elevation
490 feet
Vines/acre
700
Average Vine Age
35
Yield/acre
5.7 tons
Exposure
Various
Year vineyard planted
2000
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1973
Bottles produced of this wine
500,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
71 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers
Maceration length
8
Malolactic fermentation
Full
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of bottle aging
1 month
Size of aging container
120000-100000 liters
Length of aging before bottling
2 Months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.9 %
pH level
3.5
Residual sugar
3.6 g/L
Acidity
5.4 g/L
Dry extract
29.5 g/L

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