A birthday gift back in 2007 from one of my best friends and Monterrey, Mexico resident, Jerónimo Ramirez.
2002 Citra “Caroso” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (D.O.C.)
Tasting Notes: 100% Montepulciano. 14.0% ABV. Dark, hazy ruby red with noticeable sediment in the glass. A spicy, oaky nose with aromas of juicy black cherries and cassis and a subtle hint of wintergreen. Medium-bodied and tannic, this wine is thin in form and the overall mouth feel is unbalanced and disconnected. There are flavors of candy-like sour cherries and strawberries with dark chocolate coming out on the mid-palate and the finish slightly bitter and completely uninteresting.
Price: $30 @ Snooth
Vineyard: Diverse soils, characterized by a highly calcareous mixture; south-southeast facing slopes; 3,500 vines per hectare density
Vintage: yield 56 hectoliters per hectare
Vinification: long maceration and malolactic fermentation in stainless tanks, ageing in oak casks and barrels
Sorry Jero, you know me, I speak it like I see it. I still love you to death and can’t wait for the years of vinous adventures that await us!