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Two Wines from the Hills of Montepulciano


Abruzzo is located east of Rome where the vineyards may be near the Gran Sasso and Maiella mountains or the Adriatic Sea.  The wines of Colline Teramanae DOCG are located in the north-eastern part of Abruzzo next to the sea.  Here the vineyards are located on hills with calcareous-clay subsoils with water provided by local streams.  Having received its DOC status in 1995 it was upgraded to DOCG in 2003.  The wines of Casauria are located inland towards the middle and encompass some 250 hectares of vineyards.   Both of these wines are young and serious.  The Cerulli Spinozzi is a good value with more obvious oak but it seems to be absorbing it well.  It is strong in delivery, not alcohol, and will benefit from several more years in the cellar.  The Podere Castorani steps things up but in an even younger display.  Certainly deserving of its tre bicchieri award for there are many good components to this wine, I would cellar this even longer.  These two wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

2006 Cerulli Spinozzi, Torre Migliori, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramanae DOCG – $16
Imported by VB Imports.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano.  It was fermented in stainless steel then was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and 15-20 hL Italian oak.  Alcohol 14% vol.  The nose reflects the mouth.  This is definitely an Italian wine with dark red fruit which turns bluer.  There is plenty of grapey tannins, medium concentration of fruit before becoming a bit earthy with drying tannins.  There is a touch of wood note in the aftertaste.  This is a fairly strong wine and needs a few more years of age. **(*) 2015-2022.

2007 Podere Castorani, Amorino, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Casauria DOC – $22
Imported by Monsieur Touton Selection.  Alcohol 14% vol.  This wine is 100% Montepulciano which was sourced from vineyards at 340 meters on soils of deep clay with texture. It was fermented in vat then was aged for 12 months sur lies in oak barrels.  The color is medium+ ruby with a black cherry core providing lots of color.  There is a very dry nose.  In the mouth there are dry flavors of black cherry, immediate drying tannins, and a very focused core of fruit.  It carries on with plenty of acidity, some wood box notes, and a little spicy attitude in the aftertaste.  With air it starts to become savory with notes of stones, black fruits, and graphite but it remains quite tight.  This is not undrinkable but still tight and in need of age.  *** 2017-2025.

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