"Subdued aromas of dill and incense waft out of the glass. The palate is full in feel, with oak tones at the fore and juicy brandied cherry at the core. The tannins show some grit and grip, yet there's plenty of vibrant acidity to balance it out". Alexander Peartree by Wine Enthusiast.
Winery: Torre Zambra.
Grape: 100% Montepulciano, a red Italian wine grape variety. When fully ripened, Montepulciano can produce deeply colored wines, with moderate acidity and noticeable extract and alcohol levels.
Color: Its deep black hue is truly striking, an appealing inky shade that is perfect for a meditation wine.
Aroma: The refined nose profile hints at autumn leaves and ripe fruit unfolding to reveal raspberry and spice, with notes of coffee, tobacco and cocoa powder in the finale.
Palate: The wine is full-bodied and well-structured but never aggressive, with the time spent in the wood adding a hint of spice in the close, and the note of cocoa powder accentuating and underscoring the roundness and a stunning balance.
Pairing: Beef, pasta, veal, pork. Calf filet with crispy bacon in Montepulciano sauce is highly recommended.
Production: Produced by Torre Zambra winery on the Colle Maggio hillside, in Villamagna, at an altitude of about 200 metres, the unique south-east exposure of the vines and the limestone and clay soils, combined with per-hectare yield of under 100 quintals, guarantee complexity and structure to this great red vin de garde. The grapes are picked by hand and collected in small wooden crates in the second ten days of October. Once in the cellars, the long maceration in steel tanks at controlled temperature extracts all the colour from the skins.
The wines then mature for a year in concrete vats, and the part of them destined to become Reserve is left for a further 20 months in French and Slavonian oak Tonneaux (precisely 80% in first-passage oak and 20% in second-passage), followed by 6 months in the bottle.