Producer: Feudi Bizantini

Grape: Montepulciano 100%

Pronunciation: ‘Mon-the-pull-chia-no’

Region: Abruzzo, Italy

Zone: DOC of Crecchio

Producer Info:

Feudi Bizantini is a young project founded by a group of wine lovers whom have joined their efforts to produce wines that show the best of the Abruzzo region. Here, all their wines show individual personality and are really approachable from the moment you open them. It is a wine that has made the history of modern Abruzzo wine-making. Today Montepulciano D’Abruzzo has emerged to the international limelight as one of the best quality red grapes in world.

Tasting note: So the "Best wine of the year" is a Montepulciano from Abruzzo. Of course such accolades should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but there's no hiding the impact that this variety is having on the Italian and international press and consumers alike. Il Rabdomante is about body, structure and ageability, using the best, ripest parcels of fruit from this incredible vineyard and crafting a wine of power without sacrificing balance or structure. A tour-de-force.

Dried flowers, spice, liquorice and maraschino dominate the nose, along with hints of dried herbs and cigar box. The palate is about compact black fruits, with a good balance of fine-grained oak tannin and still the attractive gamey, meaty chew that's so typical of great Monty. Length, breadth and opulence are the hallmarks of this, Luca Maroni's Best Wine of the Year. Age until 2025

Growing System: Guyot

Soil Composition: Clay and calcareous marl

Production: After destemming, maceration in stainless steel vats for 15-20 days Fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Ageing for 9 months in fine French and American barriques.

Alcohol (%) 14%