Awarded 93 points by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 Italy supplement article on Abruzzo (see blue link below).
Masciarelli Montepulciano d'A Villa Gemma - Feb 2018 Decanter review
The flagship of this outstanding wine producer is the line that best embodies the style and taste of winemaker Gianni Masciarelli. Austere and important, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Villa Gemma Rosso provides an unprecedented interpretation of this great indigenous vine, helping it to be included in the map of the world viticulture that counts.
This wine was vinified using wood and underwent 15 - 20 days of fermentation before another 20 - 30 days of maceration to extract both colour and flavour from the grapes. Malolactic fermentation was then allowed to occur before the wine was allowed to mature in New French oak barrels for 18 months. It was then left to rest in bottle for a further 24 months before being released for sale.
This Villa Gemma has a deep ruby red colour with purple reflections. The nose is intense and persistent. There are flavours of ripe red fruits, dried fruits, spices, cocoa, black pepper and liquorice.
It pairs effortlessly with wild boar that has been either roasted or marinated, roast lamb, game, aged cheeses and don't forget to try it with dark chocolate for a sublime flavour experience!