Cantina Colonnella - "Le Corone" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2020
Cantina Colonnella is a small co-operative located in the bucolic, hillside village of Colonnella, part of the Teramo Province in northern Abruzzo. While inarguably picturesque, this hamlet benefits from an even more stunning view of the Adriatic Sea. This location, nestled optimally between the sea to the east and the Apennine mountains to the west, presents a unique climate dynamic for winemaking.
Established in 1971, the co-op consists of 120 members who own just 300 hectares of vines, with most members owning less than 2 hectares. Since the membership is so small, every two weeks each member is visited by the co-op's vineyard managers to ensure quality. Ninety percent of the harvest is done by hand and 100% of the co-op's power comes from renewable resources, either from solar power or from an energy company that only uses renewable energy. All grapes are grown organically, though not all farmers are certified.
Le Corone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is made from 100% Montepulciano fermented in stainless steel, then aged four months in oak barrels. In the glass, the wine sits a mid-garnet color with purple highlights. Aromas of black cherries, dusty earth and red flowers plume from the glass in a slow, steady stream that entices the senses. The palate is rustic and charming with flavors of plum, purple flowers, spice and earth framed by energetic acidity and fine-grained tannins, leading into a smooth, effortless and delightful finish. Le Corone translates as "crown," and this wine is certainly the king when it comes to pairing with pizza, though you can also enjoy it with grilled lamb skewers or spaghetti with a pork ragu of roasted peppers, tomatoes and onions.