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.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Estate Bottled by Cataldi Madonna