Montevetrano takes its name from a medieval castle dating back to Roman times.A former property of the French Bourbons, the estate itself was the inspiration for this blend of French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with the Campania king of the red grapes - Aglianico. Montevetrano is one of the most sought after wines from Italy, delighting dozens of wine enthusiasts around the world with its distinctive character and rich spectrum of flavors. For 24 years in a row, this wine has been getting Tre Bicchiere in the Gambero Rosso.
The 2003 from Montevetrano is an impressive achievement. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Aglianico, the colossal dark fruit and the minty coolness that the wine showed in its youth, starts to give way to truffle, mocha, dried strawberry and plum. The tannins are still very much in the spotlight. This wine is now special to drink but can age for years.
Between the end of September and the beginning of October, Montevetrano first harvests the Merlot grape, followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon and finally the Aglianico. Fermentation initially takes place in steel barrels for about 15 days, after which the wine is transferred to new French oak barrels for 12-14 months. The process is traditional but also strictly controlled, which guarantees good refinement and balanced maturation. The process also ensures that the grapes retain the typical regional characteristics of Montevetrano. Cotarella, the winemaker, is particularly proud of this wine, the very first icon wine he created; he considers it the father of his red wines.