Vini Rabasco Rosso della Contrada
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Region: Abruzzo, Italy
Grape varieties: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Vini Rabasco Rosso della Contrada comes from a careful selection of the best grapes of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from over 40-year-old vines.
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About Vini Rabasco Rosso della Contrada
Vini Rabasco Rosso della Contrada comes from a careful selection of the best grapes of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in the vineyard located in the district of Cancelli, which Rabasco has cultivated for 40 years under canopy. The wine is aged for six months in old barrels and then undergoes a single decanting. No chemicals in the vineyard nor in the cellar. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and zero sulfur.
About Vini Rabasco
The 3.5-hectare estate of Iole Rabasco is located in the village of Pianella, province of Pescara, in the heart of Abruzzo. The area offers a unique set of meso and micro climates particular to this north-central corner of Abruzzo; the Adriatic is some 40 kilometers away while the base of Gran Sasso flanks the western edge of the Rabasco property. Iole benefits from inheriting her family’s small vineyard and olive grove both of which are soils that have never been treated with chemicals.
The vines across the property, almost all Montepulciano with a couple of rows of Trebbiano, are also quite old, 40 years average and rest at some 450 meters above sea level. Soils are calcareous clay mixed with alluvial sediment and fossil remains. Vines are trained in the traditional tendone style pergola, all worked by hand. Yields are kept low but not excessively low as Iole prefers her wines with more acidity and freshness than power and extract.
About Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Montepulciano is a red wine grape grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche, and Molise regions. However, it is not planted in Montepulciano in southern Tuscany. The variety is used mainly to produce dry red wines. A notable exception can be found in the lighter, cherry-colored Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo.
Montepulciano wines are globally appreciated for their soft flavors and strong color pigments. Gentle tannins and a low acidity create a medium-bodied wine that is typically best consumed soon after bottling. Although, the variety also responds well to judicious use of oak to create a richer, age-worthy style of wine. The deep purple juice is used in varying proportions under roughly 50 of Italy’s DOC and DOCG titles.
The most famous wines from the variety come from the east coast of Italy, specifically the Abruzzo region. It is produced under the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title in vast volumes on the low hills around the Adriatic coast. Abruzzo’s finest examples of Montepulciano come from the region’s north, in the Colline Teramane foothills. Although slightly more expensive because of their DOCG status, these nonetheless represent excellent value for money.