Masciarelli Montepulciano D'abruzzo Villa Gemma  2006 750ml
SKU 744837

Masciarelli Montepulciano D'abruzzo Villa Gemma 2006

Masciarelli - Abruzzi - Italy - Montepulciano D`abruzzo

Professional Wine Reviews for Masciarelli Montepulciano D'abruzzo Villa Gemma 2006

Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2006 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Villa Gemma, the estate’s top bottling, is gorgeous in this vintage. The excessive French oak that plagued some vintages seems toned down and what emerges is a firm yet juicy core of dark, black fruit. Smoke, tar, licorice and leather struggle to come forward on the finish, and ultimately this remains a stubborn wine in need of at least several further years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026.
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Winery: Masciarelli

Varietal: Montepulciano

Montepulciano varietal grapes have been popular in Italy and elsewhere in the world for a very long time, and continue to be grown in vast quantities in Italy to this day. Indeed, they are second most commonly cultivated red wine grape varietal in their native Italy, and grow everywhere in the country except for in the north, where the climate is a little too cold for them to ripen fully. Recent decades have seen them planted in several New World countries, where they are equally popular with vintners looking for a varietal which produces high yields of a reliable quality. The grapes are renowned for producing quite light bodied wines, as the fruit has a low acid and tannin level. However, there are plenty of pigments within the grape skins, meaning that Montepulciano is a grape varietal which produces beautifully deep colored wines.

Country: Italy

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.