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Amorotti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017

Red Wine from Abruzzo, Italy
$43.99

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Neighbor to the great Valentini of Abruzzo, this Montepulciano is made in a traditional style, aged in large oak casks for two years.

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Amorotti is a new label created by Gaetano Carboni since he began making wines from his family’s ancient estate. The farm dates back to the early 1500’s and is a large swath of land in the Gran Sasso mountains that has forests and wildlands interspersed with plantings of grains, olives, nuts and of course wine grapes. But as is the tradition in the region the fruit was historically sold off in bulk, with maybe a bit made into wine for personal consumption. But a few years ago Gaetano decided it was time to do things a bit differently.

The Valentini comparison isn't a simple parallel of making high quality wines in the rugged hills of Abruzzo, it turns out that they are next door neighbors in the town of Loreto Aprutino. So, when Gaetano decided it was time to use the resources of his farm to make and bottle his own wine it was Valentini who helped with clonal selections in the vineyards, barrel selections for the cellar and so on.

The entire property is certified “biologique” or the EU version of organic, and as mentioned the biodiversity is stunning. The quality of the fruit Gaetano has to work with should be the envy of any great winemaker. That quality allows him to work in a purposefully “hands off” style.

The wines of Amorotti are pristine, elegant and definitely natural. They are easily among the very best in Abruzzo, and Gaetano is just getting started! O

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Montepulciano

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Spicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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Floribeth Kennedy
Staff Review: Why I love Amorotti Montepulciano di Abruzzo 2017.

As the Italian wine buyer I get to try many bottles of Montepulciano. This bottle I tasted blind with little to no knowledge of Amorotti as it came in a random sample box. I fell in love with it immediately! I came to find that Amorotti is a new producer, with amazing terroir (a friend and neighbor of Valentini) that had been growing and selling his grapes for decades but just started commercially making wine recently. The wine is intoxicating with beautiful fruit, aromas, minerality, salinity and great richness and it pairs perfectly with my lamb.
A wine not to be missed,
Flori