2016 Praesidium Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
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The Praesidium Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a complex wine with the potential of long aging.
2016 was marked by an early budburst followed by a major frost event in the Peligna Valley, on April 26th. While frost is expected here, it has always grazed the vineyards. Damage similar to 2016 had not been seen in 50 years. The rest of the season, however, was cool and classic. Harvest of the best fruit was in early October, at 4,000kg/ha (28hl/ha). The grapes were destemmed and crushed, with spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel without temperature control. Maceration lasted 12 days, after which the skins were lightly pressed in a basket press.
Aging at Praesidium is particular, playing with the push/pull of reduction and oxidation. The first 24 months of aging are in stainless steel; the second 24 months are in wood, 95% of which is large Slavonian oak cask and 5% is French tonneaux. 25% of the wood was new. This wine is not filtered or pasteurized, it only undergoes natural decantation. Sulphites are added in considerably lower amounts than the maximum allowed for organic certification.
The Riserva pairs very well with lamb, goat, pecorino cheese, game and with all the plates of the culinary tradition of the inland of Abruzzo.