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Montevetrano Colli di Salerno, Campania '11
Montevetrano is truly one of the great, iconic wineries of Campania. Estate owner Silvia Imparato initially explored wine as merely a hobby until she decided to rebuild her family’s vineyards. She decided to employ famous oenologist Riccardo Cotarella (sound familiar?) to assist in creating the outstanding wines at Montevetrano.
Montevetrano is a small zone in the hills near the commune of San Cipriano Picentino, not far from Salerno. Mountains surround the property, with the vineyards situated on gentle slopes facing south by southwest, with soils rich in calcareous silty-loam.
While we mentioned that native varietals thrive in Campania and are almost exclusively used, Bordeaux varietals have also found a home in this region as well. And rightfully so, as the climate and terrain prove to be perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Montevetrano takes its name from a medieval castle that dates to Roman times. A former property of the French Bourbons, the estate itself was the inspiration for this blend of French varietals, a most perfect accompaniment to the great and bold Aglianico.
The wine's composition is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico and 20% Merlot. After fermentation in tank, the wine is moved in to a combination of new and single use French barrique where it is aged for 12-14 months, and then an additional 6 months in bottle.
We are so pleased to present the 2011 vintage bottling, for you to see the potential that these wines can offer, as they can be incredibly long lived. Aromas of dark fruit and spices are apparent along with undertones of licorice, tobacco, earth, and leather. On the palate it is full-bodied, yet with fine-grained tannins and a rich texture.
This is another showstopper wine pairing, where you can pull out all the stops at your next dinner party. Perfect with a hearty ragu, truffle-based dishes and rich proteins like beef, lamb and oxtail.
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