Case of 6 bottles.
This offer is a great way to get to know this family-run estate is in Abruzzo, in the heart of the historic Costa dei Trabocchi, south of Pescara. The winery began in 2000, when Tommaso decided to put to fruition the passion and knowledge he learned from the two generations of wine-growers who preceded him. Tomasso now has the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion with his three daughters who are active in all aspects of production and marketing.
They owns 15 hectares of vineyards between the hills and the sea, close to the town of San Vito Chietino. The area provides a complex combination of soils and microclimates that give rise to grapes and wines of unique identity and high quality. The family follows closely the full production cycle from vineyards to bottle, the concept that “good wine is made in the vineyard” guides all decisions. Vinified grapes are the result of patient care and careful research, and cultivation respects methods and times of nature. In the cellar, further care is taken to enhance the identity of each grape variety and to produce genuine wines that express what nature provides and respects the traditions of Abruzzo wines.
This pack (two bottles of white wine and four bottles of red wine) showcases the classic grapes of Abruzzo - Pecorino and Montepulciano - as well as the qualities of three unique vineyard sites. Once you've tried these wines, we are also sure that you will be adding the Costa dei Trabocchi, and a visit to Olivastri Tomasso winery, to your future travel plans. Let us know if you do.
These wine are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site, where you can also read more information about the producer and each wine.
Wine #1 L'Ariosa Pecorino DOC 2022
The L’Ariosa Estate vineyards (means “the windy estate”, referring to the constant sea breezes) lie 15 metres a.s.l., and only a short distance from the Adriatic Sea. The calcareous sandy soils were once covered by ancient seas (small marine fossils can be found in the soil), are well-draining, and contribute distinctive mineral notes. The constant gentle sea breezes mitigate the warm sea sun, allowing a full maturation and natural expression and development of the white grapes.
Made from 100% Pecorino grapes, hand-harvested from low-yield vineyards. Traditional white wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept chilled for 24 hours at 4 celsius to preserve fresh aromatics. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for two months, and rests in bottle for two more months.
Our tasting note: Intense, straw-yellow colour, with tropical aromas and flavours of white-pulp fruits and warm citrus with floral notes of dried sage and lemon zest. Dry, medium-bodied, with fresh, balanced acidity, a touch of minerality, and a persistent finish. This wine has really benefitted from extended bottle ageing, and is just hitting its stride.
Food matches: Pair with seafood and grilled/baked fish, egg dishes, white meats, vegetarian dishes, and fresh cheeses. Can handle more complex dishes, and particularly good with the local speciality “Chitarrina zucchini and shrimps”.
Wine# 2 "La Grondaia" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 2018
Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, hand-harvested in late October from the Marcantonio estate planted overlooking the Adriatic Sea. These vineyards are planted in calcareous-clay soil and ripen under the dry sun of the hills. Combined, this allows for rich mineral aromatics and complex structure to develop naturally in the grapes.
The Montepulciano grape (pronounced mon-tay-pul-chee-ano) likely got its name from a town in Tuscany, near Sienna, but it should not be confused by the wine of that area which is made from the Sangiovese grape. Montepulciano is widely planted along the Adriatic coast, but it is most well known in the region of Abruzzo.
Traditional red wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept on the skins for 15-20 days to extract colour and flavour. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for 36 months, and rests in bottle for six more months.
Our tasting note: Deep ruby red colour with purple tinges. Complex aromas and flavours of cherry and plum with spicy notes of pepper, licorice, and dried herbs. Dry, medium- to full-bodied, balanced tannins, good acidity, and an elegant finish.
Food matches: Pair with grilled/roast meats (beef, lamb, veal, pork), pasta with ragù, spicy/earthy vegetarian dishes, and aged cheeses.
Wine# 3 "La Carrata" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Riserva 2017
Made from 100% Montepulciano grapes, hand-harvested in late October from low-yield vineyards on the Marcantonio estate planted 127 metres a.s.l.. With the Adriatic Sea to the east, and protected by the Majella mountain to the west, these vineyards are planted in calcareous-clay soil and ripen under the dry sun of the hills. Combined, this allows for rich mineral aromatics and complex structure to develop naturally in the grapes.
Traditional red wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept on the skins for 15-20 days to extract colour and flavour. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for 30 months, then 18 months in barriques (50% new and 50% 2nd passage), and rests in bottle for nine more months before release. Alc./Vol. 14.3% R.S. 3.6 gr/L.
Our tasting note: Deep red colour with garnet tinges. Complex aromas and flavours of Bing cherry and spiced plum with notes of pepper and cinnamon. Dry, full-bodied, velvety tannins, and an elegant finish. We recommend that for best enjoyment, open the bottle an hour or so before dinner and/or decant the wine if you can.
Food matches: Pair with grilled/roasted/braised meats (beef, lamb, stuffed veal, pork, game), pasta with earthy ragù, earthy vegetarian dishes (porchini).