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2017 Villa Gemma, Masciarelli, Abruzzo, Italy

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2017 Villa Gemma, Masciarelli, Abruzzo, Italy

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The ultimate Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Masciarelli's Villa Gemma, alongside Valentini and Emidio Pepe's bottling, take this grape to another level of deliciousness. This wine often appears in the 100 Best Wines in the World compilation and is a perennial tre bicchiere from Gambero Rosso.

Often thought of as a simple wine, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo was the toast of the mid-priced restaurant in the noughties, however, if that's your only experience of this grape then you've been missing a truly special sensory experience.

Bursting with dark fruits, chocolate and leather, this is a delectable wine whose evolution is a pleasure to behold. A case buy recommendation from us.


This top-of-the-line Montepulciano impresses in rich aromas of cocoa, cigar box, dill and anise that meld into a deep well of brandy-soaked black cherry and dark plum. It's full and enveloping on the palate yet foursquare in nature, built by small-grained, polished tannins and integrated acidity that frame densely packed dark fruit. Spiced plums linger on the long finish, indicating that this will hold well in the cellar. Drink 2022–2030 at least. 94 Points. Wine Enthusiast


Traditionally paired with meat topped pizzas and pasta in tomato sauces, this next level Montepulciano d'Abruzzo will go down a treat with a homemade Lasagna but has enough weight to it to also accompany bbq beef, game and hamburgers.


Famously heralded as a 'reds over whites' vintage in 2017, the Montepulciano did exceptionally well during the heatwave of mid Summer and the grapes were fully ripe at the early harvest.

The vines are planted at a high density on clay soils, the grapes are hand picked, destemmed and vinified in stainless steel then transferred to ageing for 24 months in new French oak.


Gianni Masciarelli was one of the most famous winemakers in Italy and established his winery in 1981, long before the trend for Montepulciano d'Abruzzo went international. An innovator, who grew his line to 22 labels, his respect for the land, the grapes and the entire winemaking process shone through in his wines.

His legacy is now in the safe hands of his daughter, Miriam Lee Masciarelli, whose degree in business and economics has surely come in handy disseminating the Masciarelli brand throughout the world. Miriam continues to put her father's ethos of letting the terroir speak for the wines at the heart of the brand and it is this concentration that has led to the continued success at Masciarelli Tenute Agricole.


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This wine should be stored around 12°C and served between 16-18°C. We recommend a minimum of 3 hours decanting before approaching this wine.


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    2017 Villa Gemma, Masciarelli, Abruzzo, Italy

    Wine Card
    Wine Producer Masciarelli
    Wine Region Abruzzo
    Wine Classification Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOCG
    Wine Type Red
    Grape Variety Montepulciano
    Vintage 2017
    Vintage Quality Good - Excellent - Parker
    Maturity Will Improve with age
    Body Mid-Full Bodied
    Sweetness Dry
    Alcohol % 15%
    Bottle Type Burgundy 75cl
    Serving Temperature 16-18°C
    Food Pairing Meat Pizza, Spag Bol, Lasagna
    Awards 96 Points - Decanter
    96 Points - Falstaff
    94 Points - James Suckling

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