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Bottle Size: 750ml

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A La Quercia is a type of beautiful oak tree that grows nobly on this small, intimate estate in Abruzzo, a region in central eastern Italy (just above the heel of the 'boot'). Winemaker Antonio Lamona believes in making inspired wines that respect the earth-- or, as he likes to say, "I want to makes wines that are pleasing to the body, and the spirit."

We have featured this particular wine before and most likely will again as we love it and so do many of our customers (they keep asking for it!). It's a solid bottling and shows that the Montepulciano grape (this is a 100% version), known for easy drinking and great value, also can offer much more complexity and a serious demeanor at the Riserval level (while retaining the palate- and wallet-friendliness of 'regular' Montepulcianos-- this wine definitely outdrinks its price point!).

The 2013 is another excellent example of the Montepulciano grape and Lamona's passion and skill in winemaking. The nose is filled with bright red berries and fruits, spicy raspberry, vanilla bean, cherry liqueur, incense with a touch of cedar and sweet florals. The ripe fruit theme carries over to the palate but is supported by excellent structure; the tannins are broad but balanced, light acidity ruminates throughout. Cherries, ripe red plums and raspberries lead to a lengthy finish that adds hints of cherry vanilla and underbrush. Great with simple meats and cheeses, heartier Fall fare or even weekend tailgates or barbecues. Versatile, affordable, delicious!


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Country: Italy

Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy, closely followed by France, is the world’s largest wine producer by volume. Its contribution is about 45–50 million hl per year, and represents about ⅓ of global production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation. Italy's twenty wine regions correspond to the twenty administrative regions. The 73 DOCG wines are located in 15 different regions but most of them are concentrated in Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. Among these are appellations appreciated and sought after by wine lovers around the world: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino (colloquially known as the "Killer B's"). Other notable wines that in the latest years gain much attention in the international markets and among specialists are: Amarone della Valpolicella, Prosecco di Conegliano- Valdobbiadene, Taurasi from Campania, Franciacorta sparkling wines from Lombardy, Chianti and Soave, while new wines from the Centre and South of Italy are quickly gaining recognition: Sagrantino, Primitivo, Nero D'Avola among others. The Friuli-Venezia Giulia is world famous for the quality white wines, like Pinot Grigio.

Region: Abruzzo

Abruzzo (Abruzzi) is an Italian wine region located in the mountainous central Italian region of Abruzzo along the Adriatic Sea. It is bordered by the Molise wine region to the south, Marche to the north and Lazio to the west. Abruzzo's rugged terrain, 65% of which is mountainous, help to isolate the region from the winemaking influence of the ancient Romans and Etruscans in Tuscany but the area has had a long history of wine production. Today more than 42 million cases of wine are produced annually in Abruzzo, making it the fifth most productive region in Italy, but only 21.5% of which is made under the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) designation. The majority of the region's wine (more than two-thirds) is produced by co-operatives or sold in bulk to negociants in other Italian wine regions in Tuscany, Piedmont and the Veneto for blending. The most notable wine of the region is Montepulciano d'Abruzzo produced by the Montepulciano grape that is distinct from the Sangiovese grape behind the Tuscan wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Together with Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is one of the most widely exported DOC wine from Italy, particularly to the United States.