Got Value? Luca Botter does…

After happening on some of his wines in a liquidation few years ago (and you making them into a sensation and demolishing them in weeks), we met Luca Botter later that year in Verona (and then he visited us here at the store a week later). He is young, really excited about wine and seems to like what we are doing so we decided to do it together. His company is a third generation family wine business with vineyards and multiple cantine, not just a big negotiant buy and bottling bulk wines. All of the labels are very well priced and designed to make a nice impression on the table (both flavor and package wise).

Tor del Colle Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2007

Seriously rich and meaty Montepulciano that plays at a level WAY over its pay grade. Nice label too…

 

 

Valle Martello, Villamagna, Abruzzo

Four generations of the Masci family are active in the winemaking here (well, the little kids are mostly there for inspiration…) and the results are not only a direct line to the terroir of the rugged hills of the Abruzzo but are also very affordable. We just landed the full line of traditional varieties: Trebbiano, Montepulciano and Cerasuolo (Rosato Montepulciano) and will have a rare varietal bottling of the Cococciola grape later this year. Collect all three: when you line up the bottles the labels recreate the famous Sleeping Giant mountain range of the zona.

Valle Martello Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Mater 2011

Wine Bard Kermit Lynch on Montepulciano: “You are freezing to death on a solo hike over the Italian Alps…you need shelter and quick. There is a dim light in the distance…a small stone cottage. The peasants inside invite you to sit at their hearth. A bowl of hot pasta with tomato sauce and cheese is placed in your icy hands. And the wine….the wine is Montepulciano! Dark, robustly flavored, a bit of roughness perhaps but subtlety does not matter a whit in the presence of a rich tomato sauce…” This one is a tad softer than that but will warm your soul AND make almost anything taste better. Then there is its bigger, brawnier brother:

Valle Martello Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Prima Terra 2009

 

Agriverde, Ortona Abruzzo

This is a third generation estate founded in 1830 and certified organic since 1991. Their commitment to their land includes placing 25 bird nests per hectare plus using the “sexual confusion technique” (using pheromone traps which male insects mate with, leaving the females barren) to combat damaging insects as well as the refusal to use chemicals to combat fungal infections.

Agriverde Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Natum 2011  ORGANIC

“Rock Star!!!” That was our immediate reaction on tasting this fabulously rich and flavorful ORGANIC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at VinItaly 2012. It will rock your world with both quality AND value…

 

Azienda Agricola Giovanni Faraone, Giulianova Abruzzo

One of the oldest and most traditional producers in the zona as well as a big local favorite, Giovanni is overshadowed only by Valentini in the ranks of truly interesting Trebbiano producers, makes two rich and meaty yet truly elegant reds and THEN makes a late harvest vino di meditazione version of Montepulciano of which he often jokes, “Vin Santo is for the local priest, THIS is for the Cardinal!”. Enjoy…

Faraone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo le Vigne 2008 MAGNUM

Faraone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo le Vigne 2009 

Faraone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Santa Maria dell’Arco 2004

These wines take two different forks in the road to vinous nirvana: The le Vigne is packed with ripe berry and plum fruit leading to a wonderfully spicy finish with hints of cinnamon and cloves, give it some hearty food and watch the smiles erupt. The Santa Maria bottling is more rustic with meat, earth and forest floor notes on the nose and a wonderfully rich texture, think roast pork loin, wild mushrooms covering a succulent duck breast or maybe a nicely grilled steak with some truffle risotto on the side.

 

Faraone Costa del Monte Vino Liquoroso 

Rosso della Cattedrale, Abruzzo  Sold Out, Returning Soon!

100% Montepulciano made in the style of Recioto: Nearly black in the glass and intensely spicy on the nose, this one can be served in place of port at the end of a meal or just savored in a big arm chair with a good book and Miles Davis playing In a Silent Way in the background…