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A recent DOC, created in 2011, Villamagna is considered the finest terroir of the Abruzzo, limited to a total of 150 acres among three municipal districts: Vacri, Bucchianico, and Villamagna. Currently, there are only 5 producers of Villamagna. Torre Zambra's hillside estate vines grow at the 500-1000 foot level with an ideal south-east facing exposure within the village of Villamagna. The soils are limestone and clay with nutrient rich topsoils. The climate is ideal for producing complex, long-lived wines. The mountainous vineyards are influenced by the nearby Adriatic Sea creating desirable temperature changes during the growing season. These are all reasons why so many call Villamagna the Grand Cru of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
The grapes for the 2016 Villamagna were hand harvested at the end of October and fermented in stainless steel tank. The wine was first aged in concrete vats for six months, then aged in French and Slavonian oak tonneau for ten months more. The oak barrels used are a combination of new and used. Before being released from the winery, the wine rests in bottle for at least another six months.
So what can you expect when you open a bottle of the 2016 Villamagna? In the glass, a dark, inky black color signals it is 100% Montepulciano grape. The aromas are an intertwining thread of fruit and earth. On the palate the fruit is dense with notes of pepper and leather. Though intense, the tannins remain supple and lush. It is showy in a way that displays intensity with elegance. A truly fine wine.
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