Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva “Botte de Gianni”
This is a particular story. A few years ago Marina Cvetic Masciarelli found in the basement two French oak barrels of 700 liters, which had been purchased by Gianni Masciarelli in his constant search for a new project. In the harvest of 2010, she decided – with the whole team – to vinify a white wine, and leave to mature for 30 months in one of the barrels. It’s the birth of the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva “La Botte di Gianni”: bottled on the day of his birthday, the 891 numbered bottles immediately reveal surprising fragrances. The white was followed by another red tonneau: 869 bottles of “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo La Botte di Gianni”.
Masciarelli is a famous winery in Abruzzo, the demarcation point for the generalization of southern Italy. More particularly they are in the province of Pescara and the vineyards are close to the sea. Masciarelli’s list of accolades is long to say the least. At the time of writing this description he holds more than a dozen Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri Awards for his wines over the 20 years that he has been making wine on the 100-hectare estate near Chieti. In the 2004 Guide he had five wines reach the finals for the Tre Bicchieri Awards. In 2004 they were named “Winery of the Year” by Gambero Rosso’s Italian Wines 2004. This is no small feat as this award is given only to the very top cellars in the Italian wine industry.