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Producer: Cantina BoveGrape Varieties: Montepulciano (90%) and Cabernet (10%).Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Full bodied smooth elegant redAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Italy
Since the winery was founded in 1930 it has become one of the best producers in the region perfectly balancing tradition and innovation with quality and value. The estate comprises 60 hectares of well located vineyards under the watchful eye of oenologist Dott. Vittorio Festa. The low yields, rigorous grape selection, up-to-date vinification techniques and refined ageing of their red wines in oak barrels ensures a growing reputation for top-class wines. The Bove style showcases elegant, fragrant white wines and well-textured, mellow reds delivering good typicity from the native Montepulciano grape - a vine of undeniable distinction that can make wines of irresistible character with a capacity to age and supple, smooth wines eminently drinkable when young.
The vines are trained according to the traditional overhead trellis system called Pergola Abruzzese and are planted in medium-density clay soils.
The grapes underwent an extended skin maceration. The fermentation and maceration took place in stainless steel tanks, the must was oxygenated in order to emphasise the fruit character and produce a softer wine. This lasted for approximately three weeks. After blending the cuvées, the wine spent 12 months in Allier oak barriques, of which 1/3 was new oak, 1/3 first year oak and the balance in stainless steel). The wine was bottled unfiltered and spent a further six months in bottle, prior to release.
A deep red wine with intense aromatic notes of prune, liquorice and spices. Full-bodied and balanced on the palate, with wild berry fruit flavours and hints of vanilla from the oak ageing, it finishes with attractive notes of coffee, chocolate and warm spices.
A great match with full-flavoured pasta dishes, roast red meats and game.
As good as I remembered, as, since, there is no more, it is comforting that the 2009 is equally enjoyable!
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