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Colline Teramane DOCG
Considered to be the most "pure, authentic, and best overall example of Montepulciano" by the Italian Sommelier Association, this 100% Organic Colline Teramane (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) is in a league of its own. This beautiful wine is made from 100% hand-selected Montepulciano grapes from the Teramo province of Abruzzo where the Adriatic sea meets the Gran Sasso mountain range, creating a perfect climate for producing these native grapes. Every year in October, Guido Strappelli harvests these grapes by hand, presses them, allows them to undergo an 11-14 day maceration period in temperature controlled tanks with natural fermentation, until the wine is eventually transferred to large Slavonian oak "botti" where it ages for a minimum of one year followed by another year of aging in the bottle. To understand real Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, you must try this wine.
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva
Colline Teramane DOCG
As the king of our Montepulciano d'Abruzzo portfolio, this 100% Organic wine takes Montepulciano d'Abruzzo to a whole new level. Colle Tra is truly the perfect combination of power and elegance. Although perfectly fine to drink young, this wine is similar to the best Barolos and Brunellos of Italy in that it becomes much more approachable and enjoyable with at least a few years of aging after release. Colle Tra is not produced every year, only in ideal vintages, which is one reason it is always capable of aging for extended periods of time. After harvesting and fermenting the grapes, the wine is aged for roughly two years in a mixture of 1500 litre Slavonian oak "botti" and 225 litre French barriques used 2-3 times followed by another year of aging in the bottle. No wine cellar is complete without a few bottles of Colle Tra.
Colli Aprutini IGT
Recently given 90 points and named the best white wine in Abruzzo under $50 by Decanter Magazine, Guido Strappelli's Pecorino is as clean and well-structured as Pecorino gets. The beauty of producing Pecorino in the Teramo province of Abruzzo is that the wines take on a beautiful minerality & crispness from the Adriatic Sea breeze while still developing deep structure & complexity from the clay soils
& coverage from the Gran Sasso mountain range. Strappelli's Pecorino is capable of aging for many years while still maintaining a bright acidity and freshness.
Passerina is an ancient grape varietal that is rarely found bottled in the United States but is cherished in the Abruzzo and Le Marche regions of Italy for its lightness and freshness. It is a wine that is better when consumed young but in the right hands, it has some aging potential. Guido Strappelli uses 100% hand-selected Passerina grapes grown in his organic vineyards. After harvest, the grapes are soft-pressed, then undergo a spontaneous fermentation, left to mature in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of six months. The wine is left unfiltered. It is best enjoyed with seafood and should be served at roughly 50 degrees.
Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC
Ask any wine lover from Abruzzo what their favorite white wine is and most will tell you Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. Trebbiano d'Abruzzo is more familiar to most "Abruzzese" than water. The problem is that there are many different types of Trebbiano grapes from across Italy with most being of an inferior quality to the Trebbiano from Abruzzo. Like all of his wines, Guido Strappelli uses only 100% Organic and hand-selected Trebbiano Abruzzese grapes to make this delicious wine. Similar to most of Strappelli's wines, his Trebbiano d'Abruzzo undergoes a spontaneous fermentation and is left unfiltered. The beauty of this wine is that it can be treated as an everyday wine or it can be aged where it develops beautiful secondary characteristics.
Colli Aprutini IGT
Similar to Trebbiano, Malvasia also has many close "relatives". There are believed to be at least 10 different clones of Malvasia in Italy, many of which are used primarily as blending grapes. With this being said, there are some excellent single varietal Malvasia wines in Italy but they can be difficult to find in the United States. Guido Strappelli has been recognized for his ability to produce spectacular single varietal Malvasia.
"Nubile" Pecorino IGT Colli Aprutini Vendemmia Tardiva (Late Harvest)
It's difficult to find the words to describe this incredibly unique late-harvest Pecorino from Guido Strappelli. In fact, this wine is so unique that even Guido Strappelli has only made it twice in roughly 25 years. It is only possible to produce this wine when conditions are absolutely perfect, allowing the grapes to fully ripen into November. The grapes become so ripe that the alcohol percentage on this white wine is 15.5% with no sweetness! The structure of Nubile is so big that it can be enjoyed with red meat and mature cheeses. Want to try something special and unique? Here's your wine.
Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC
This is not your standard "rosé".
Made with 100% hand-selected, native Montepulciano grapes, this "rosé" (rosato in Italian) has real structure and complexity. Montepulciano grapes have extremely high levels of anthocyanins, a pigment that gives the skins its color, meaning that even though Guido Strappelli only presses the grapes quickly with minimal skin contact, these wines can posses a color and structure similar to a light red wine. The beautiful red fruit and cinnamon components in this wine along with an incredibly long finish make this so much more than your everyday "summer wine".
Metodo Classico Rosé Extra Brut
Don't think Abruzzo, Italy when drinking this wine, think Champagne, France. Yes, it's made with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and not Pinot Noir and we understand that Abruzzo isn't supposed to make world class sparkling wine but that's exactly what this is - world class sparkling wine. Bring this to your next special event and you'll be sure to have everyone talking.