Study Cards on montepulciano, oak, ageing
5th by production
- Hillside under the Apennines; continental with cooling influences from the mountains; longer ripening season; pergola training, hand work
- Flat, coastal zone; maritime and mediterranean - higher temperatures, fertile soils, good for high volumes; cordon or guyot for mechanical harvesting and machine work
- In rosé Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
- high in anthocyanin and tannins, so maceration is short
- Two styles of red:
- brief maceration
- high quality; extended time in barrel to soften tannins, bottle ageing, large oak vessels.
- Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC: must be from hilly sites
- 5 official sub-zones; restricted yields, min 18 months ageing (50% in oak)
- Colline Teramane M.d'A DOCG; former sub-zone, restricted yield, ageing min 2 years, 1 in oak.
Bottling not necessarily in region of origin!
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