Italo Pietrantonj Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2017 - Abruzzo, Italy
Varietals: 100% Montepulciano
The 2015 ‘Black Label’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a wine made in the traditional style as homage to the old family winery. After a slow fermentation, the wine is aged in large oak vats for 8 months, which offers sweet spice flavors of anise and dried tobacco in the mouth with a hint of cocoa on the finish, and then bottled. It is a lovely wine full of dried floral and fruit notes complemented by soft leather and earthy aromas offering plenty of full flavors yet staying very pure and fresh so that the fruit is not masked, nor is too heavy in body.
With records dating back to 1791, and an official start in 1830, the house of Italo Pietrantonj is as old as it gets for wineries from Abruzzo. Eight winemaking generations deep, Pietrantonj is rich with family heritage and tradition. The winery is now run by two sisters, Roberta and Alice, whose great-great-great grandfather Nicola was the first certified winemaker in the Abruzzo region, gaining a diploma from the Royal School of Conegliano Veneto in 1889. The estate farms just over 60 hectares of estate vineyards high up rolling hills of the Apennine Mountains. To this day, the house shows off its 9,500 gallon oak and walnut barrels from 1870, and two 37,000 gallon tanks lined with beautiful Murano tiles that were built in 1893.