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Although grown throughout central and southern Italy, it is the Abbruzzo variety that is notable and from which the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) is made.
The grapes are grown only on slopes no higher than 500 metres and, very rarely, up to 600 metres above sea level. The clusters are medium sized, with plump purple grapes, turning black.
The late ripening of the grape – end October to mid November – produces a full-bodied, well-balanced wine.
Wine organoleptic features:
|Colour||Rich ruby red, with light streaks of violet, turning to garnet after ageing|
|Aroma||Scent of forest fruits; intense, spicy bouquet|
|Taste||Round, dry, pleasing, well-adjusted tanning component|
Montepulciano is the focus of Frontenac’s wine production and is processed according to Italian legislation in force under the quality assurance DOC label. In addition, Frontenac produces musts, sulphured and de-sulphured and concentrated musts from this grape with distinctive characteristics that make them highly effective in blending.
Other products include corrective wines – both enriched and otherwise – which have great structure, smoothness and harmony.
Typically supplied after the malolactic fermentation is complete, these wines reach 25-30 points in colour and the relevant extracts can at times exceed 35 g/l.
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|Disciplinare [Production Regulation] Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC in pdf.
(Text in Italian only)