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Region: Abruzzo

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG

Facts about this wine

Wine: Red wine
Taste: Dry
Volume: Strong
Min. alcohol: 12.5%
Mandatory Storage: Min. 2 years
Storage potential: 5 years

For many years, producers in the northern corner of Abruzzo, in the Teramo province by the border to the neighboring region Marche, have tried to tighten up the quality of the dominating, powerful grape of the region, Montepulciano.

Since 1995, the zone has had its own independent DOC appellation, Colline Teramane, but in 2003 it received Abruzzo's first and, until now, only DOCG-classification. The regulations have been tightened and are therefore different from the other areas' use of Montepulciano grapes, e.g. the addition of other local grapes in the wine. Some will undoubtedly feel that this type has finally received a much-needed tightening.

Up until now, the wine from this region has been known for high quality, but after being elevated to DOCG, the amount of quality wine from the region has increased considerably.

It's not immediately easy to identify exactly the areas where the wine from Colline Teramane DOCG distinguishes itself from the "old" traditional Montepulciano wine, but they seem darker in style, closer and more structured than their DOC cousins.

One of the reasons for the differences can be the local vine-training systems and reduced yield per hectare. Others believe that the areas' soil could play a role, but that is yet to be determined.

As stated, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG is made from the grape Montepulciano (90-100%) with permission to add Sangiovese (0-10%). The vineyards are divided up across 30 municipalities in the region.

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG is an intense ruby red wine, with touches of violet that, with age, tends to become a more granate red. The aroma is distinctive, etherial and intense, while the taste is dry, ample, robust, harmonious and velvety. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG must have a minimum alcohol concentration of 12.5%. The mandatory aging is 2 years.

There is also a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Riserva DOCG that requires a longer mandatory aging time.

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