Camillo Montori. Montepulciano 'Fonte Cupa'
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Simply one of Italy’s great red wines - just writing about it makes me thirsty! It brings back so many memories: great meals, the Montori family, the reactions to this wine at tastings… Italian wine has changed so much in the last 25 years, this wine has not.
The vines are old and on slopes well above the cantina. The grapes are picked by hand and fermented in steel tanks, the wine is then matured in old ‘botti’ (large barrels) for a year and a half. The result is far from the dull fruit-driven style so often depressing the market today. This has genuine complexity where fruit is complimented by porcini, truffle, almond and cedar. A nostalgic and important wine, I consider it a life-long friend.