Founded by Abruzzo native Gianni Masciarelli in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region, and an inspiration to all emerging Italian wine regions. After a summer in Champagne in his youth, Gianni Masciarelli returned home convinced that world-class wines could be produced in Abruzzo. Through tremendous vision and endless innovation, Masciarelli became one of the most admired wineries in Italy. Gianni firstly brought a strong focus on vineyard sites and management, not a typical point of focus at the time. Reducing yields, working sustainably, and bringing vineyard planting and management techniques new to the region, he greatly increased fruit quality. In the winery he broke the mold by gently and precisely and gently handling fruit, and introducing the high quality substance he had to extended aging, adding depth and complexity to his wines and resulting in better integration of tannin.
Masicarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is the benchmark for Montepulciano in Italy and the world. Pioneering winemaker Gianni Masciarelli, who put winemaking Abruzzo on the map, elevated the wines from his native region to new heights, and his Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a tribute to his home as well as a perfect introduction to the grape and to Abruzzo. This wine shows how, when handled with care, the late ripening Montepulciano grape produces refined wines of soft acidity, ripe and moderate tannins, and bright red berry and cherry notes with a distinct, spicy character.
- 100% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
- First year of production: 2012.
- Number of bottles produced: 180,000.
- Municipality of production and altitude of vineyard: Loreto Aprutino (Cocciapazza and Remartello), 350 mt asl.
- Training system: Abruzzo’s pergola and single Guyot.
- Time of harvest: second half of October.
The Masciarelli Montepulciano is the entry into the fabulous world of Masciarelli. It has a deep ruby colour with aromas of sweet cherries, dark berries, plums, violets, dark chocolate, pepper, smoke, leather and tobacco. Lovely full-bodied taste experience. The acidity is still very present, the tannins are rounded off and the last sip has a pleasant fruity-spicy finish.