Abruzzo and it’s Gentle Strength Await Us @MasciarelliVini

fp_masciarelli_smRecently I was looking for an affordable large-format bottle for a party.  The good Dan Pirelli of the Wine Hotel in Los Angeles got that elfish gleam in his eye and said, “I have just the bottle for you!”  He took me into his warehouse and showed me a gorgeous bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by Masciarelli.  I looked at the label and bells went off in my head- I remember this winery!  Where had they gone?  Why had I not seen the wines more often.  I love these wines!

We enjoyed it at a party with a bunch of friends- supple, rich red fruits and enough of that structured acidity to keep the whole thing together with food.  A typical “crowd-pleaser” but not your ordinary Montepulciano-  and definitely one of the favorites that evening.  Perfect bottle, Dan. Grazie!

Oddly enough, not even two weeks later I got a message from Mariana Nedic of IEEM, asking me if I’d be interested in making a quick trip to see the winery.  How could I say no?  It was as if the Universe had opened up and was speaking directly to me- you must visit Masciarelli.  You must!Masciarelli-Winery-Castle

A view of the Castello di Semivicoli.

Thanks to the good people of Masciarelli winery, my colleague Michael Nemcik and I will be flying to Roma tomorrow to check out a region I know very little about:  Abruzzo.  We are staying with Masciarelli winery at Castello di Semivicoli, which I am sure holds many surprises and much history.  It’s a quick trip, but one that I am sure will help enlighten us to the special nuance of the Montepulciano and Trebbiano grapes, and the rich and storied background of the Masciarelli winery…

When Primo Levi visited Abruzzo defined it as “forte e gentile” (strong and gentle) which, he said, best synthesized the beauty of the region and the character of its people.  I am excited to find out all about it…Nemcik

We’re coming for you, Abruzzo! (Michael Nemcik, representing AI Selections)