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2018 Fabulas "Fara" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

2018 Fabulas "Fara" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo-Accent Wine-Wine Stop-Wine Store-Wine Delivery-Wine Tasting-Wine Classes-Columbus Wine-Event Planning

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This unique example of Montepulciano comes from a collaboration of a few producers, farmers, and friends in Filiorum Petri- a commune near Chieti in Abruzzo, Italy. The vineyards consist of limestone soils, and are situated snuggly in the very rugged terrain between the mountains of the Majella National Park and the Adriatic Sea. This region is home to several native varietals, in who’s marketing and production have sometimes lost their identity. While rustic examples Montepulciano are common, this wine stands out to me for its artisanal elegance, forward red fruits, and mingling violets and anise aromas. The palate is full and expressive of those red fruits and ruby colors- it is dry, but with refined tannins, and lingers into the next taste, and the next, and the next…

Fabulas believes that the way to change the way that consumers view Abruzzo is to guarantee how they are working it. They are focused on Organic and Biodynamic farming- using sheep in the vineyards to control the native flora, fertilize as they graze, and instill their animal spirit into the operation. This practice of using nature to help nature combined with minimal intervention and spontaneous and native yeast fermentation would categorize this as a “natural wine”. If the shoe fits. 

Local stories speak of a patron saint who saved the village from the invading Calvary over 800 years ago. The saint stood alone, and bound vineyard cuttings and other plants into towers just outside the village. He then lit them on fire, where to invading troops it looked as though the town was burning. Who wants to invade what is already on fire? The plot worked, and in celebration of their salvation, the people still light towers of vines on fire on the feast day of this saint, all of these centuries later. The burning towers are represented on the label of this unique bottle. It’s amazing what we can learn about a place by drinking it’s wine, and with winemakers as dedicated to quality and authentic expression as Fabulas, I hope you are excited to try more from this often overlooked region in the calf of Italy’s boot.

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