Masciarelli, "Villa Gemma" 2006
"Villa Gemma" is Masciarelli’s flagship wine produced from 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grapes. The grapes are harvested in late October and are then allowed to macerate for 20-30 days before starting the fermentation process for another 15-20 days. The finished wine is transferred to new oak barrels and matures for 1 1/2 to 2 years and then 1 more year in the bottle before it is ready for sale.
- Country : Italy
- Region : Abruzzo
- Grape variety : 100% Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
- Classification : DOC Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
- Awards : 3 glasses Gambero Rosso, 92+ The Wine Advocate
- Color : Red
- Vintage : 2006
- Alcohol degree : 14,5%
- Storage potential : More than 7 years
- Volume : 75 cl
Presentation of the vineyard
Gianni Masciarelli inherited his interest in wine and winemaking from his grandfather Giovanni and it was actually in the grandfather’s basement that Gianni began producing his own wines. Masciarelli began producing wine in 1981. The farm is located in San Martino which is a small village situated 420 meters above the sea in the province of Chieti, only 20 kilometers from the Adriatic coast. The vineyard originally comprised 2.5 hectars of land. Today Masciarelli manufactures 2 million bottles of wine from grapes grown on 320 hectars of land. The estate is extened over 14 municipalities in the 4 Abruzzo provinces; Chieti, Pescara, L'Aquila and Teramo.
Deep, dark ruby red color with violet tint. A large and complex nose - hints of fruit, flowers and spices (red berries, blackberries, peony and eucalyptus flowers, vanilla, cocoa, leather and undervegetation. Intense and complex flavor with rich and elegant aromas. An exclusive wine to be served with game, lamb or other red meat. Recommended also with strong cheeses or to try with bitter chocolate.