Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2015
Villa Gemma is the wine that announced Abruzzo to the world, showcasing what the region and grapes of Abruzzo could produce. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is the only Italian wine with 14 consecutive Tre Bicchieri awards and, more importantly, was the wine that established Abruzzo as capable of making truly distinct, extraordinary wines. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is a powerfully – almost undeniably – intense wine of character and complexity.
Montepulciano from the Colle Cave vineyard in Chieti, the vineyard above and behind the house of Gianni’s grandfather,and where his grandfather first started making wine in 1930. This steep-sloped site consists of limestone, clay and gravel, and the traditional pergola vine training is abandoned here for the French Guyot training system.
A mixture of tradition and innovation is employed for the Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. First, the must is macerated and fermented in 3-5,000L botti before being transferred to new French barriques for 18-24 months and another 24- 36 months in bottle before release.
A deep ruby red with purple reflections, with bouquets of intense and persistent ripe red fruits on the nose. Spices, black pepper, cocoa, licorice and dried fruits on the palate.
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Vinous - "The 2015 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva seduces with an array of exotic sweet spice, medicinal cherries and minty herbs that form its bouquet. This is juicy yet deep with masses of ripe red fruits energized by lively acidity as inner rose tones form over a coating of fine yet sweet tannins. A bitter twang mixes with hints of sour citrus through the long and lightly structured finale, creating a truly harmonious finish. The 2015 is a total stunner and so energetic." - E.G 8/22
Wine Spectator - "A rich, medium- to full-bodied red, with flashy vanilla and oak spice on the nose that transitions to a subtle, aromatic thread on the palate, winding through flavors of saturated blackberry, pipe smoke, fig cake and a touch of ganache. Fresh and lightly mouthwatering, with fine-grained tannins and a tang of iron-laced mineral emerging on the finish." - AN
Vinous - "The 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva opens slowly in the glass, as citrus-tinged blackberries give way to exotic spices, hints of cocoa and camphor. This is velvety in texture with a rich and dense display of ripe dark fruits and licorice. Its web of grippy tannins are hardly noticeable, until it’s too late, as the cheeks pucker under the 2015’s youthful structure. Even though it is monolithic today, there are depths still unseen here that will require further cellaring to come forward."
Wine Enthusiast - Cellar Selection "This top-of-the-line Montepulciano impresses in rich aromas of cocoa, cigar box, dill and anise that meld into a deep well of brandy-soaked black cherry and dark plum. It's full and enveloping on the palate yet foursquare in nature, built by small-grained, polished tannins and integrated acidity that frame densely packed dark fruit. Spiced plums linger on the long finish, indicating that this will hold well in the cellar."
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