Montepulciano grapes at the base of the reds of central Italy
Grapes of this type have been known since ancient times. The wine that is obtained is pleasant and easy to drink, although it manages to have a good alcohol level. The bunch is medium large, winged and conical in shape. The skin is thick and releases many pigments during vinification. Together with Sangiovese it is the most raised red grape variety. It adapts well to the climate of central Italy, as it has a late ripening. In fact, it manages to have a good sugar level only towards the first week of October. Raising this vine in cold climates would be impossible. However, the vine has great vigor and adapts well to medium-textured soils. Soils without water drainage are not suitable for this vine. The exposure must be towards the south-east in order to catch the last rays of autumn sun.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
The Montepulciano grapes together with the Sangiovese grape cover a good part of the Italian territory that goes from Tuscany and Puglia. Until the 1800s they were confused given the similarity of the most salient features. Therefore, it was decided to do in-depth studies to give a clear distinction to the grapes. Very often, even today, we tend to confuse the Nobile di Montepulciano wine with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It is thought that given the homonymy with the Tuscan town, the wine is made with grapes of this grape variety. In reality, the Nobile wine is based on Sangiovese. The Montepulciano grape, on the other hand, is at the base of great red wines from the Marche and Abruzzo. In the Marche, two great DOCG wines are based on this grape variety: Offida DOCG and Rosso Conero DOCG. In Abruzzo, on the other hand, grapes of this type are used for the Montepulciano DOCG Teramane Hills.
Offida Rosso and Rosso Conero
Red Offida is produced from Montepulciano grapes in minimum percentages of 85% in the southern area of the Marche, precisely between Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. The climate is almost of Mediterranean type with hot summers but not sultry and winters not too cold. The soils have a good water drainage thanks to a marked slope. According to the disciplinary, the wine must be aged for 24 months, 12 of which spent in cask. The color is an intense ruby red that turns towards garnet as it ages. The aromas are complex, ethers that recall marasca, chocolate and licorice. The taste is soft and dry. The minimum alcoholic strength is 13%. Rosso Conero, on the other hand, is produced in the province of Ancona. Since 2004 it has received the DOCG recognition. The wine has a beautiful ruby red color given the consistency of the peel. The hints are particularly intense of ripe red fruit, licorice and tobacco. The taste is complex with a particular final persistence.
This wine has origins that are lost over time. The vinification of the grapes was already carried out in Roman times. The troops were reinvigorated with this wine laden with extracts. The vine is bred throughout the region. Here he finds ideal conditions for the full expression of his character. Upon visual examination it presents a beautiful ruby with violet reflections. The hints are typical of the vine. Marasca, tobacco and liquorice are clearly revealed. To the taste, the tannins are present in good quantity but not aggressive. Softness and complexity attract the palate. The Teramo Hills sub-area in 2011 received the DOCG recognition. A particularly suitable area in which the Montepulciano grape is softly picked and pressed. The wine must be aged at least 24 months.