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Casal Thaulero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

2014 The bouquet is packed with aromas of black plum, leather and subtle spice with a distinctive herbaceous edge; on the palate it's mouth-filling and ripe with juicy black fruit flavors, pleasant earthy undertones, mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins.
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Turn to this underappreciated region where you will find delicious wines made from the native Montepulciano grape.

Vineyards basking in Abruzzo’s soft evening sunlight.

Despite its proximity to Rome, Abruzzo presents a startling contrast. This historically poor yet spectacularly beautiful mountainous province is a far cry indeed from the glitz and sophistication of the Eternal City.

Casal Thaulero takes its name from the village where the Thaulero family has lived, since the sixteenth century. A marriage contract dated from 1738 documents the property that was brought as a dowry by Angelo Thaulero.

During the end of the nineteenth century the Duke Giovanni Thaulero reclaimed his family’s lands. He planted vineyards and created a huge winery thus founding the family’s winemaking dynasty.

Casal Thaulero has been run by an association of local winegrowers since 1961. It was the first estate in Abruzzo to produce DOC wine; they have carried on the Thaulero name in honor of the pioneering winegrowing family.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was designated as a DOC in 1968. It covers most of Abruzzo ranging from Molise in the south, the Marche in the north and inland against the Apennines Mountains.

The prolific Montepulciano grape is the region’s star. It grows easily in Abruzzo. Casal Thaulero is made from 100% Montepulciano (the DOC regulations require a minimum of 85%).

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo lends itself beautifully to easy drinking and casual dining. Taking a cue from locals, pair it with cuisine spiced with hot peppers ubiquitous pasta in red sauce, pork and lamb dishes.