Montepulciano d`Abruzzo San Antini 2017
The mountainous Abruzzo region of central Italy is situated halfway up the `boot` neighbouring Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and Molise to the south east. Abruzzo is home to one DOCG - Montepulciano d`Abruzzo Colline Teramane, and three DOCs - Cerasuolo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Controguerra. Abruzzo mostly produces wines from Montepulciano but also Sangiovese, Pecorino and Passerina as well as more international varietals such as Chardonnay.
The company was born as a retailer in 1928 in the Veneto region for sales of wines in casks and demi-johns to restaurants and small retailers. In the fifties the family expanded their horizons to selling wines across Central Europe and beyond. Throughout all this expansion, the Botter family retained control and the company is now run by the third generation and from their roots in Veneto they now have a portfolio of wines produced in some of Italy’s finest regions.
The `quintessential` all-round Italian red, selected from the l`Aquila province of Abruzzo on the Adriatic coast. Deep purple in colour with intense aromas of blackberries and cherries with rich, robust characteristics that are typical of the region. The palate is intensely spicy with cherryish and jammy black fruit flavours, full, rich and well rounded. A portion was aged in oak to soften the palate and add some smoky character. Smooth tannins combine with the rich fruit flavours to create a full and flavoursome finish.
Serve with cold meats, salami, pizza and pastas with meat or tomato sauces