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2016
Poggio Anima
'Samael'
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

2016
Poggio Anima
'Samael'
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

In Jewish texts, Samael is better known as the ‘Angel of Death.’ It is believed that Samael is both good and evil in that he does the work of God but desires man to do evil. Samael is viewed as a seducer as was first spoken of in the Talmud as assuming the role of the serpent and tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden. The correlation here is that Montepulciano can be a very alluring and seductive grape that lends itself to pleasurable drinking. That said, often time Montepulciano is simple, thin and insipid. It is both good and bad.

This is 100% Montepulciano, from a single vineyard in Chieti located less than half a mile from the Adriatic Sea. The grapes were handpicked and fermented in stainless steel tanks with frequent pumpovers to soften tannins. Don't be fooled though as this is not some simple, light Montepulciano. Producers in Abruzzo were faced with a real challenge in 2016. A severe April frost caused damage to some vineyards. To make matters worse, summer never really arrived. Sunny days were interrupted by periods of dreary grey skies and annoying misty rain; this situation persisted into harvest. Despite the difficult weather conditions throughout the growing cycle, this site was still able to produce healthy, well-ripened grapes albeit with a bit less sugar than previous vintages.

This has a lovely purple color to it and a violet hue, with ripe plum and blackberry aromas. In the mouth the black fruit is joined by some darker chocolate notes and a hint of spice. This is smooth and drinkable, great value for drinking now but enough grip to lay down for a couple of years.

  • Region: Regional Italy
  • Varietal: 100% Montepulciano
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Single Site in Chieti
  • Vine Age: 23 years old
  • Yield: 3.5 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Clay over Limestone
  • Oak: None - 9 months in Stainless Steel
  • Production: 5,500 cases
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