Frentana. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 'Panarda'
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Wonderful aromas of Earl Grey, cinnamon and forest fruit. Layers of damson, bitter sloe, porcini and truffle. Great wine.
8000 bottles made.
Panarda refers to a medieval banquet, a fitting name for a wine whose origins are from another age, perhaps not medieval times, but certainly from a nostalgic age where the irreverent tannins were tamed by a long stint in botti*. Panada is a wine that has never changed, it has evolved into the centre piece of Cantina Frentana’s ‘Quality project’, an all-encompassing drive towards fine-tuning their wines.
The grapes come from the best south-facing slopes; most are trained the old way, using a high pergola system The grapes were hand-picked in late October and the bunches cold-macerated*, before a temperature-controlled fermentation in steel tanks using selected yeasts. This process extracts the maximum colour and tannin from the skins whilst at the same time preserving the delicate aromas of a classic Montepulciano. The wine is then aged in barrique and botti for a further 18 months before bottling.