Collegiata Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
This ruby colored wine has bold inviting aromas of sour cherry, spices and dried herbs that explode from the glass and offer a preview of what is to follow on the palate. This smooth, medium-bodied wine is packed with ripe fruit flavor and nicely balanced by good acidity and soft tannins.
$11.00 / Bottle $132.00 / Case
Looking for instant gratification? That’s what this wine was made for! Drink this wine while you’re waiting for the special moment to open the expensive bottle that’s been aging in the cellar.
"Collegiata" takes its name from the beautiful Collegiata church in the nearby village of Sant'Angelo seen above.
Montepulciano is made for everyday, no-fuss enjoyment. It’s perfect for today’s busy, casual lifestyle and it fits everyone’s budget.
Don’t confuse this wine with the similarly named Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Tuscany which is Sangiovese based. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is named for the Montepulciano grape from which the wine is made. Montepulciano is a favorite in eastern and central Italy. It grows well on a variety of soils, ripens late in the season and gives good yields.
Most Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are made in a style that’s meant to be drunk young, within a couple of years of the vintage. The vines are hardy, so you won’t taste a lot of variation from one vintage to another like you can in other wines (think of Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo).
Collegiata is made of 100% Montepulciano grapes from the general harvest in mid-October. The wine undergoes a slow lengthy fermentation in temperature controlled tanks. After a gentle pressing, the wine is aged in Slavonian oak casks for three months before being filtered then aged another few months in the bottle before release.
This wine is appealing enough to enjoy on its own, but something about it cries out for food. The bright fruit and juicy acidity make it the perfect foil for just about any pasta dish or just call up and have a pizza delivered!