Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOP 2016

“Ferzo,” in Italian refers to a patch of fabric that, when stitched together with others, creates a sail.  The union of the finest viticultural “patches” in Abruzzo gives life to Ferzo, a distinctive line of wines which embody the best of region’s indigenous grape varieties.

About the Vineyard

The vineyards that source Ferzo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo are found in the rolling hills that stretch between the Adriatic Sea in the East to the Appenine Mountains in the West.  The relationship between moutnains and sea is always felt in this part of Italy as temperature variations yield a constant breeze known here as the "brezza di terra". 

Wine Production

Ferzo Montepulciano is the product of 14 - 16 days' fermentation in stainless steel tanks held at a controlled temperature. Gentle extraction methods such as frequent pumpovers ensure rich color and presence of tannin while aeration helps to stabilize. 

Tasting Notes

Deep purple with ruby reflections, this is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at its most loveable.  A perfect balance between bright sour cherry and wild berries with hints of pepper and spice, all held together by elegant tannins and palate-cleansing acidity.

Food Pairing

With its power, presence, and tannic structure, Ferzo Montepulciano is ideal paired alongside braised meats, grilled vegetables, hardy pastas, or sharp cheeses.

Production Info
Vineyard size
100 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous, Clay, and Stony
Training method
VSP
Elevation
792 feet
Vines/acre
1900 - 2200
Average Vine Age
More than 30 years
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1982
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
2014
Bottles produced of this wine
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation
14-16 days
Fermentation temperature
60-71 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and Aeration
Maceration length
6-8
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Barriques and Barrels
Size of aging container
225 L / 25 HL
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
14 MONTHS
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.7 %
pH level
3.4
Residual sugar
3.8 g/L
Acidity
5.8 g/L
Dry extract
32.9 g/L

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