2018 MONTEVETRANO Colli Di Salerno Italy

$78.90

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750 ML
A rich wine, but also flowing and elegant. Dark ruby red, it shows sour cherry and berries, licorice on the nose. It is complex and rich, without any winks. Cinnamon and cardamom are well blended with mineral notes, still in evolution on the mouth. A crispy acidity makes this wine long lasting. Tannins are round developing in a fruity balsamic aroma. Incredible wine!

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The Montevetrano story starts in the mid 80s, with a group of friends who love wine and has the desire to experiment. It was 1983, and among them there were Silvia Imparato and Riccardo Cotarella. After six years, there is the first bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon 90% and Aglianico 10%, the first vintage of a wine that will adopt the same name of the castle: Montevetrano. An extraordinary success, that still continues today.
Today Montevetrano is a 26 hectares estate about 5 of these are vineyards), in the Monti Picentini Regional Park, in southern Italy. The vineyards are in San Cipriano Picentino, in a former Bourbons’ estate at 100 meters above sea level, on the crest of a hill among oaks, chestnuts, hazelnut trees, citrus grove and olive trees, by the shadow of an ancient medieval castle. The boundaries are marked by blackberry bushes and old roses introduce to the rows in the “Horse vineyard”, near the ‘700 country house.

Description

Montevetrano is a red wine Colli di Salerno IGT, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Aglianico, Merlot. It is produced just a few kilometres from Salerno in the winery of Montevetrano owned by Silvia Imparato in San Cipriano Picentino. It is vinified with own grapes and bottled at the estate, to guarantee total control of the whole productive cycle. The composition of the soil is medium-texture, with bones fragments.
Montevetrano has a recognizable style, characterized by complexity, like the territory in which it is born with its variety of perfumes and colours. It is a wine with a strong persistence, that benefits from the influence of the sea and a mild climate. The vineyard is protected by the Picentini Mountains, which form like a crown around the property. Thanks to a careful and respectful processing it the Montevetrano continues to mature in bottles for fifteen or twenty years. According to the tasting made during the years, the forecasts and experts opinions on the various vintages, Montevetrano guaranties great longevity.

James Suckling – 97 Points

A red with plum and cherry character with hints of bark, mushroom and clove. It’s full-bodied with layers of fruit and a long, flavorful finish. Needs time to soften, but structured and beautiful. Such finesse with strength. Really impressive. Try after 2022.

Wine Spectator – 94 Points Points

A suave, full-bodied red, with plush tannins firming the rich blackberry coulis and blueberry fruit. It’s layered and harmonious, with hints of bay leaf, graphite and mineral unfurling on the palate and through to the racy finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Aglianico and Merlot. Drink now through 2033. 1,300 cases made, 397 cases imported.

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