Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 2017

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

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Villa Gemma is the wine that announced Abruzzo to the world, showcasing what the region and grapes of Abruzzo could produce. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is the only Italian wine with 14 consecutive Tre Bicchieri awards and, more importantly, was the wine that established Abruzzo as capable of making truly distinct, extraordinary wines. Villa Gemma Montepulciano Riserva is a powerfully – almost undeniably – intense wine of character and complexity.


Montepulciano from the Colle Cave vineyard in Chieti, the vineyard above and behind the house of Gianni’s grandfather,and where his grandfather first started making wine in 1930. This steep-sloped site consists of limestone, clay and gravel, and the traditional pergola vine training is abandoned here for the French Guyot training system.


A mixture of tradition and innovation is employed for the Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. First, the must is macerated and fermented in 3-5,000L botti before being transferred to new French barriques for 18-24 months and another 24- 36 months in bottle before release.


A year with a beautifully cold rainy winter with widespread and persistent snow, until the beginning of spring. From May onwards long periods of drought interrupted by isolated rainy events, often characterized by considerable intensity. The months of July and August were particularly hot with maximum temperatures often exceeding 40°C. From the phytopathological point of view, the vegetative season was particularly favorable, with a prevalence of warm and sunny weather and the lack of rain. Diseases were generally kept under control. The meteorological trend has determined a significant advance of the operations of harvest and, especially in the hilly vineyards exposed to midday, water strains that have hindered the physiological activity of the plants. One of the few harvests that ended in October.


A deep ruby red with purple reflections, with bouquets of intense and persistent ripe red fruits on the nose. Spices, black pepper, cocoa, licorice and dried fruits on the palate.



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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo



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"So balanced and polished"

James Suckling - August 23, 2022 "A gorgeous, polished Abruzzo red with crushed-stone, blackberry and blueberry aromas, as well as hints of graphite and pumice. Full-bodied and tannic, but so balanced and polished. Goes on for minutes. A top red from the region. " - J.S 8/22

"Silken waves of ripe red fruits"

Vinous (92+) - October 10, 2022 "The 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva is a dark beauty with balsam herbs giving way to spiced cookie, hints of cinnamon and citrus-kissed black cherries. It’s incredibly elegant in character with silken waves of ripe red and black fruits complemented by sweet spice. This saturates the palate with sweet tannins that create a structured feel, yet fail to slow the 2017’s momentum throughout the long and dramatic finale. There’s so much balance and intensity here, making the 2017 a sure bet for the cellar. " - E.G 8/22

"Sandalwood and Espresso "

Wine Spectator - March 24, 2023 "Exudes oak spices, melted licorice and smoke, which waft through finely knit flavors of baked blueberry and crème de cassis, with hints of iron, dried thyme, sandalwood and espresso. Rich and saturated in flavor, this is framed by supple tannins and lively acidity for balance. " - A.N 4/23

Wine Enthusiast - April 6, 2023 June/July 2023 Issue


Wine Advocate - July 10, 2023 "Coming in hot with a 15% alcohol content, the Masciarelli 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva Villa Gemma is super rich and compact with thick layers of dark fruit, blackberry preserves, baked plum, spice, baking chocolate and toasted cinnamon. The wine sits heavy on the palate with substantial fruit weight. The style is very bold, especially in a vintage like this that brings on so much extra power due to the hot growing conditions." - M.L 7/23

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