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Italo Pietrantonj ‘Cerano’ Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Superiore DOC 2016

Estate: The Pietrantonj estate has a winemaking history of more than 200 years, documents dated to 1791 chronicle the family’s commitment to viticulture and agriculture. The 100 hectare [60 of which are vineyards] estate is located in Vittorito and Corfinio, in the heart of the Valle Peligna, the birthplace of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape. Today the 8th generation passionately preserve the “commitment, traditions, and innovation” of the family’s winegrowing history.

Winemaking: Grapes came from the Cerano Estate vineyard [340 meters in elevation], in Valle Peligna, Vittorito. The soil is medium textured and predominately clay. Matured in steel, then aged in the bottle for 2-3 months.

Tasting Notes: Gem-like, transparent ruby red in colour with aromas of summer ripe strawberry, rose and brambly earth. A fruity explosion of wild strawberry, raspberry and a hint of texture adding, sour cherry seamlessly meld into the silky, clean fruit finish. Fantastic on its own, just brilliant with any dish.

Enjoy between 12 -14°C [54-57°F]

Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Its impressive structure and full character perfectly suit it for accompanying first courses, lighter meats, mixed boiled meats, and medium-aged cheeses. It is delicious with fish, particularly grilled and fish broth. The adventuresome will enjoy it with pizza.

100% Montepulciano
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo Superiore DOC
Bottled in the production zone by Italo Pietrantonj sas
14% Alcohol
€14 [Average price, currently not available in the US, I was lucky to enjoy this in Dublin, Ireland]
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