On Wednesday 9 October we attended the Milan Wine Week with the Masterclass “The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo trilogy of the Frentane hills”. Three fascinating variations on the theme of a great Italian red: the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo of the Frentane hills.
“Every wine, regardless of the market to which it is addressed, is born from an idea and develops with its own personality.” Thus introduced the masterclass Vincenzo Spinelli, commercial director of the company. And in fact the three wines presented – Montepulciano Tratturo, Montepulciano Riserva Val di Fara and Tatone Terra d’Aligi – represent three fascinating variations on the theme of a great Italian red by blending, vinification, aging and organoleptic characteristics.
The differences between the three labels, even on the basis of their evident familiarity, were masterfully told by the sommelier Riccardo Stebini, who led the tasting. Stebini constructed the narrative using an original metaphor, which saw in each wine a different friend and with a well-defined character: thus, if one was the young impulsive but lively and enthusiastic, and if the other personified his reflective friend, mature, with whom to spend a nice evening conversing, the third – the Tatone – was instead the great friend who finds himself after a long time, with whom you want, and you can, do everything.
The evident involvement of the participants gave a clear measure of the success of the masterclass, which for many represented the first thoughtful meeting with a great winery and with some of its most representative wines.