Camillo Montori. Montepulciano 'Fonte Cupa' Riserva
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG.
A deep browning ruby hue; an assault of vibrant ripe peppery fruit on the nose following through into deep, profound depths of hot, powerful spiced fruit, malt, clove, anise, plum and blackberry. Tannins are mature and mellowing, this is a wine that is at its very best after ten years, but you must try it now to discover if this is a necessity for your cellar.
The techniques employed in making this wine have not changed for decades: the vines are old, some are goblet trained, others use a spurred cordon system; all are planted within the Teramane area on the hills of Controguerra. Yields are limited to approximately eight tons of grapes per hectare which are harvested by hand in the first part of October. Fermentation is on the skins and takes two weeks at temperatures kept between 28˚C and 30˚C. The wine is racked off the skins and goes through malolactic conversion in steel tanks before being moved into two and three thousand litre barrels where it is aged for three years. The finished wine is matured in bottle for at least six months before being released.