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D'Ugni Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Feudo d'Ugni 2009

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One Line Description D'Ugni Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Feudo d'Ugni, Natural wine, Rich Abruzzo Red , Savoury and pure, from the wild slopes of the Majella Mountain.
Production Method Natural, Organic
Country Italy Italian
Region Abruzzo, Italy
Producer Feudo D'Ugni
Vintage 2009
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Blend 100% Montepulciano
Alcohol 15% abv
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential A long time
Production Detail Natural, wild yeast, ageing in old barrels
Natural Features Vegan


D'Ugni Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Feudo d'Ugni, Natural wine, Rich Abruzzo Red , Savoury and pure, from the wild slopes of the Majella Mountain. D'Ugni is 8 years old now but still fresh as a daisy even with 15% abv. A fabulous example of the potential for the Montepulciano grape. This is a grape that can tend towards lower acidity and give you flabby wines especially as many producers over rely on oak to impress and Montepulciano works very well in oak. Cristiana matures the wine in old barrels, there is a feeling and texture from the barrel but not th flavour. The flavour is meat stock under dried dark fruits, notes of Christmas spice and black olive, delicious texture, a long finish. A lovely winter red.

There are some wines which just hit you like 'un colpo di fulmine', and Feudo d'Ugni are such wines. It is the purity, the taste of the ground and nature in all its wonderful imperfections. I started looking around the internet to read what others thought and came across a great passage which only an Italian could write. I say only an Italian, because any Englishman would have been panting for breath trying to get this lot out in in one sentence! Italians like long sentences and it sums up this fabulous artisan, farmer and winemaker perfectly.

'In vigna, invece, tocca essere se stessi fino in fondo, bisogna fondersi con l'ambiente, ascoltarlo, capirlo, interpretarlo, mettere da parte l'effimero ed essere lucidi, attenti, rispettosi. Cristiana Galasso è certamente tutto questo, lo si percepisce nell'assaporare i suoi vini, stupendamente concreti e privi di orpelli, montepulciano e trebbiano, rigorosamente, testimoni di un'antica viticoltura abruzzese, terragni ma non privi di quel tocco che solo una donna è in grado di possedere, che sia scultrice, musicista o vignaiuola poco importa, verrà sempre alla luce.'

Which badly translated means.....

'In the vineyard, however, you must be yourself all the way, you have to become one with the environment, listen, understand, interpret, set aside the ephemeral and be lucid, attentive, respectful. Christiana Galasso is certainly all that, you can feel it as you savour her wines, wonderfully firm and devoid of frills, Montepulciano and Trebbiano only, bear witness to an ancient tradition of Abruzzo wine making, earthy but not without the subtlety that only a woman is able to produce, whether she be sculptor, musician or vintner does not matter, it will always come through in what she does.'

Ah the Italians, they love a bit of poetry. The description maybe indulgent, but it describes these superb wines very well indeed. Christiana lives at the foot of the Majella mountains amidst the woods of San Velntino, she works her land alone and produces marvellous wine that brings pleasure every time you open the bottle.

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