Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2011

This small, family-owned winery even involves the family dog on the bottle. "Baffo," meaning "mustached" in Italian, is the name of Monti's Spinone breed that appears on each bottle. The Spinone are famed as being versatile hunting dogs of ancient heritage with origins in northern Italy.

Tasting Notes

Unfined and unfiltered to preserve all its fleshy, fruit flavors, this wine has a dark, inky, red color and intense aromas of ripe blackberries, cherries, and herbs with undertones of licorice, black pepper, and smoke. Generous, yet pure on the palate, this wine's ripe, round tannins and delicate acidity make for an excellent overall structure. 

Food Pairing

Pair this wine with sausages, tomato sauces, barbecue, and ancho chile-based dishes.

Production Info
Vineyard size
13 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Sandy-Loam
Training method
Spur-pruned Cordon
Elevation
825 feet
Vines/acre
1,320
Yield/acre
2.4 tons
Exposure
Southeastern / Southern
Year vineyard planted
1985-1995
Harvest time
October
First vintage of this wine
1970
Bottles produced of this wine
20,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Montepulciano
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
Eight years
Length of alcoholic fermentation
8 days
Fermentation temperature
75 °F
Maceration technique
Pumpovers and Aeration
Maceration length
18-20
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Casks
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
25 HL
Type of oak
Slavonian
Length of aging before bottling
6-12 months

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