Bosco – Montepulciano

Winery: Cantine Bosco Nestore
Category: Red Wine
Type: Italian Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Region: Abruzzo
Grapes: 100% Montepulciano
Vinification: The wine is aged 12 months in oaken barrels, followed by six months in bottle before it is released.
Color: Ruby-red color with light purple nuances, tending to orange with aging.
Bouquet: Intense flavors of ripened red fruits, with spicy notes
Palate: Smooth and full bodied, with hints of plums and wild berries.
Pairing: Beef, Pasta, Veal, and Pork
Serving Temp: 18° – 20°C. Open 15 minutes before serving.
Awards: 2 Red Glasses / Gambero Rosso 2016- Vini d’Italia

About the Abruzzo Region:

Location: Central Italy, Southeast
Notable Reds: Montepulciano and Sangiovese
Notable Whites: Trebbiano

Winemaking traditions in Abruzzo date back to the sixth century BC thanks to the Etruscans, who played a major role in introducing viniculture to the area. At that time Abruzzo’s vineyards were generally focused around the Peligna valley in the province of L’Aquila.

However, there is evidence that vine growing goes back as far as the fourth century BC, when a sweet, Moscato-style grape called Apianae was grown. It is also believed that when Hannibal made his epic journey over the Alps, his soldiers were given Abruzzo wine from Teramo (historically known as Pretuzi).

The region is one of Italy’s most mountainous with more than 65% of all Abruzzo being considered mountainous terrain, reaching up to 9,000 ft above sea level. The hillside vineyards, particularly in the northern areas, are planted on calcareous clay and benefit from warm and significant sun exposure, ventilated by dry breezes from the Adriatic Sea.