2017 Rilasso Montepulciano 750ml
Compare to La Fiera and Lisabella. Cantina Levorato,the maker of the Rilasso wines was founded in 1928 in the well-known area of Riveria del Brenta. Montepulciano is a native red grape with ancient historical evidence as far back as Pliny (the Elder) and Horace. Documents dating back to 1700 talk about its presence in Abruzzo. One piece of writing from 1875 provides an exact ampelographic description of Montepulciano clearly differentiating it from Sangiovese and, in particular, from Blackthorn Gentile (the base of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). Recent studies have suggested a connection to Greek origins. The Levorato family harvest their Montepulciano from hillside vineyards and high plateaus of the Abruzzo Denomination, DOC. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed and led into temperature controlled stainless steel vats. After the alcoholic fermentation has finished the wine remains for an additional 5-7 days on the skins in order to extract as much colour and aromas as possible. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged on the fine lees to increase roundness and palate weight. Rated 91 Points Lisa's Staff.