Stella Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
An enticing bouquet filled with vibrant aromas of red berries and black cherries. Very ripe, jammy blackberry fruit flavors linger on the palate with hints of tobacco and licorice lingering on the smooth, mellow finish.
$14.00 / Bottle $168.00 / Case
The region of Abruzzo is a rough and rustic region sprinkled with mountains, valleys and gorges covered in verdant forests. Abruzzo boasts the greatest number of national parks and preserves in all of Italy.
Montepulciano grapes are indigenous to the Abruzzo region.
Winegrowing was most likely introduced by the Etruscans around the 6th century BC, perhaps even earlier. One of the earliest historical mentions of winemaking was in the 1st century by the poet and native Abruzzan Ovid.
It is here that Stella is made from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grown in hillside vineyards on Italy's Adriatic coast. Though the variety is planted widely across Italy today, Montepulciano originated in the Valle Peligna in the Abruzzi.
Stella is the brainchild of Leonardo LoCascio who, in partnership with growers and winemaker Danilo Chini, have crafted a series of wines that exemplify the character of the varietal and the region of origin.
The grapes are harvested in October, crushed, destemmed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. When malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is aged for six months in stainless tanks and a further three months in bottle before release. It’s a clean, pure example of Montepulciano at its finest!