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Cataldi Madonna ‘Malandrino’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2017

Estate: Founded in 1920 by Baron Luigi Cataldi Madonna, the renowned estate is ensconced in a natural amphitheater at the foot of Gran Sasso Mountain in Abruzzo. The estate is dedicated to native and traditional grapes of Abruzzo; Montepulciano, Pecorino and Trebbiano. Today, philosophy professor and “Father of Pecorino” Luigi Cataldi Madonna, along with his daughter Giulia, head the 30 hectare, organically farmed estate.

Winemaking: Vineyards are located 1375 feet in elevation, planted 1970-2004, in clay/limestone soils rich in fossils. Vinified in stainless steel tanks, aged in concrete vats and stainless steel tanks for 12 months, followed by 3 months in the bottle. ‘Malandrino’ translates to bandit, wanderer or marauder.

Tasting Notes: Red-violet in colour, with aromas of sweet spice, earth, dark fruit, violet, amber resin and grilled herbs. Cherry, red currant, blackberry, crushed black peppercorn glide across a framework of firm tannins and fresh acidity. Licorice, black cherry and blueberry linger on the earthy, mineral driven finish.
Well balanced, well structured, robust yet elegant.

100% Montepulciano
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Italy
Estate Bottled by Cataldi Madonna
14% Alcohol
$17

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