Antrum, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (2012, 750ml)

100% Montepulciano
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
Red, Dry


From Vine Farmer:

Chiara Ciavolich’s land holdings are in the heart of Abruzzo, benefiting from extreme diurnal temperature changes and fewer clouds due to nearby mountain ranges. Chiara is known in the EU for crafting sleek, refined expressions of Montepulciano, Pecorino, and Trebbiano that far transcend the bulk wine reputation of the region. There is a contemporary elegance to her classically proportioned wines, as there is to her - entirely Italian, entirely Abruzzo.

In the early 2000's, Chiara was compelled to better understand the wines of her ancestors who migrated to the area in the 1500's - she even has an incredible cellar dating back to that time with a storied local history of being occupied by the SS during the Second World War. Of this desire, the crown jewels of her farm were born - the rare and singular "Fosso Cancelli" wines. The Fosso Cancelli bottles are made from the finest plots (generally old vines), crushed in a wooden basket press, fermented with native yeasts in old oak and/or amphora without temperature control and bottled entirely by hand. These moving and very fine wines are a culmination of her mission and passion, embodying everything that Vine Farmer humbly champions.

Additional Information From Vine Farmer About Chiara Ciavolich

The Wine - The equivalent of a "Riserva" level bottle; Antrum means "cave" in Latin. As one could surmise, Antrum is made to age gracefully, with aging capacity coming from from medium bodied balance, a well integrated acid profile and solid density. To help showcase Antrum at its best, Chiara holds the wine back for at least 5 years before release. It is also only made in excellent years, based less on ripeness level and more on balance and a classic proportions to the components in the harvested grapes.

While Chiara grows Montepulciano via Tendone Pergole and Cordon Guyot for their respective strengths during different weather patterns, a much higher percentage of the traditional Tendone Pergole based grapes are used for Antrum - grapes from this training method in Abruzzo tend to have more classical proportions and beautiful natural acidity needed for aging capacity and sleek elegance. After fermentation in stainless steel, the wine rests for 3-4 years in a combination of barrique and tonneau - with a varying percentage of newer oak (although less than 50%). 

Chiara beautifully and poetically describes Antrum as follows: "It is an intense and refined wine. Among all our wines, it is the one most open to the world, while maintaining an austere character that distinguishes and limits its borders, naturally Italian."