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Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

ID No: 334891
Vintage:2011
Bottle Size:750 ml
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Complex, rich aromas foretell rich flavors of black currants, allspice and a hint of clove.  The wine is full bodied, with velvety texture, smooth tannins and an extensive finish.  Beautifully balanced, this Cabernet will age for ten more years.

Alcohol: 14.25 percent by volume


Review:

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Product Description

Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 is made from: 90% Montepulciano 10% Sangiovese. 
Area of production: Torri di Torano Nuovo
Harvest
: October– by hand.
Vinification: 15 to 18 days maceration on the skins with a daily pumping over of the juice. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel at 28-30 °C.
Aging: 6-8 months in casks of Slavonian oak
Alcohol
: 13% by vol.
Deep ruby red with violet-purple reflections.
Huge, fruity bouquet, black cherry and herb scented.
Lush currant fruit with velvety soft tannins and perfect fruit acid balance. A wine of great harmony and intensity. The finish is long and spicy.
Food pairing: Grilled or roasted white and red meats, dishes flavored with mushrooms, garlic and rosemary. Excellent with polenta dishes and game.

Winery: Barone Cornacchia

The Barone Cornacchia Estate
Barone Cornacchia was first established in Montepucliano in the end of the 19th Century and is considered a pioneer in the aging and bottling of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.  Located in the province of Teramo, the estate dominates the fertile valley of the Vibrata, lying at 240 meters above sea level.

The Barone Cornacchia Vineyard
Cornacchia currently has 32 hectares (79.04 acres) of vineyard and the vines are 20 to 40 years old. The soil is calcareous and stony which is excellent for drainage. Moderate influences from the sea,  only 15 km away, allow for perfect ripening. 

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