2014 Illuminati Ripasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

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Abruzzo, Italy

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane is Abruzzo’s jewel in the crown, a fact confirmed by its promotion to DOCG status in 2003. Situated in Central Italy, its name (Colline Teramane) means hills of Teramo, and it is thanks to this prime hilly site with outstanding growing conditions that the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo gem can shine. Ruby red in color, displaying violet highlights in its youth. Delicious red fruit aromas on the nose with a deep, full and harmonious palate and lingering hint of licorice on the finish. Riparosso is barrel aged in Slovenian oak for 7-8 months and further bottled aged for another 3-4 months before release.