Gianni Masciarelli, who died in 2008, and his wife Marina Cvetic have been among the shining beacons of Abruzzo. For years, this beautiful land, with its abundance of sun, great soil and the easy-to-grow Montepulciano grape, had wallowed in mediocrity as scores of producers were clearly taking advantage of what was given to them. Gianni, along with his inspiration, the reclusive genius Edoardo Valentini, proved to the rest of the world, through hard work, low yields, and a desire to be the best, that Abruzzo and the Montepulciano grape could produce world-class (and then some) wines. Over the years, his limited production wines have reached an exalted, cult status.
Golden yellow in colour, the wine has aromas of broom, ripe tropical fruit, caramel, almonds and honey. The palate is fresh and soft, almost smoky.
Producer Masciarelli Tenute Agricola
Origin Abruzzo, Italy
Alcohol 14.5% ABV
Style Full body conventional white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Cryomaceration in press for 12 hours, fermentation in French oak barrels. Matured for 12 months in barrique and a further 12 months in bottle. Undergoes malolactic fermentation.