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Castorani Cadetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionAbruzzo
Alcohol Level
Country
Italy
SubregionMontepulciano d'Abruzzo
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GrapesMontepulciano
Wine Description:
Montepulciano, Italy's second-most planted grape, delivers an all-purpose red wine bursting with dark plum, black cherry, chocolate, and herb notes. Hailing from the hills near the Adriatic Sea in Abruzzo, this value gem benefits from cooling breezes and shaded trellises, reducing the need for sprays. Jarno Trulli and friends revitalized the Castorani estate in 1999, crafting fresh Montepulciano with hand-harvested fruit, concrete tank fermentation, and aging. It boasts bold aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and subtle herbal complexity, offering a round, velvety mouthfeel and a lively cherry-acid finish. Perfect for pizza, pasta, beef, or roasted vegetables—an excellent all-purpose House Red. Read more
Pros:
  • Rich and full-bodied with a deep, intense flavor profile
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Cons:
  • May require some aging to fully develop its potential
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The Castorani Cadetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is an elegant and well-structured red wine from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It showcases the classic characteristics of the Montepulciano grape variety, known for its deep color, rich flavors, and firm tannins. On the nose, this wine offers enticing aromas of ripe blackberries, dark cherries, and plums, accompanied by hints of spice and earthiness. The palate is full-bodied and velvety, with a harmonious balance between fruitiness and acidity. The flavors of black fruits are complemented by notes of black pepper, tobacco, and a touch of vanilla from oak aging. The Castorani Cadetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. It is particularly enjoyable alongside grilled meats, hearty pasta dishes, and aged cheeses. With its well-integrated tannins and long, satisfying finish, this wine is sure to please both casual wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Read more
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Wine sweetness is a measure of the amount of sugar present in a wine. Sweetness in wine can range from bone dry (no sugar present) to lusciously sweet (high sugar content). Sweetness is usually determined by the variety and ripeness of the grapes used, as well as the winemaking process.
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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