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Montevetrano, Colli di Salerno RossoCampania, Italy 2017 (750mL)

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Montevetrano, Colli di Salerno Rosso Campania, Italy 2017 (750mL)

“Multi-vintage “vertical” listings of Montevetrano have been staples of serious Italian wine lists for decades. Like the “super-Tuscans” made further north, this Campanian blend of indigenous and international grapes has achieved one-name icon status.”

Composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Aglianico, and 20% Merlot, Montevetrano is aged 12-14 months in French oak barriques, then six months in bottle, before release. In the glass, it displays a dense ruby-black core moving to garnet at the rim. Richly fruited scents of black currant, mulberry, cassis, and cranberry are beautifully complemented by earthy notes of leather, tobacco, licorice, graphite, espresso, and dark chocolate. It is full-bodied but blessed with a seamless, velvety texture; while this wine can be a dark, chunky bomba in its youth, a few years of bottle age have given it dimension, nuance, and incredible length. At least 15 more years of positive evolution are still in store for this 2017, and we wouldn’t hesitate to put it on a table next to some big-ticket Bordeaux reds and see how it fares. If enjoying a bottle now, decant it about 60 minutes before serving in large Bordeaux stems with a beautifully grilled ribeye, some medium-rare lamb chops, or richer game birds like squab or duck. You’ll see why this wine attracted the cult following it has. 

  • CountryItaly
  • RegionCampania
  • Sub-RegionColli di Salerno
  • SoilLoam & Volcanic
  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon 50%, Aglianico 30%, Merlot 20%
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakFrench Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareLarge Bordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2036
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingRoast Squabs w/ Porcini & Country Bread Salad

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