Montevetrano, award winning wine from Campania
Montevetrano is a Colli Di Salerno IGT red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Aglianico. The grapes are grown and the wine produced just a few miles outside Salerno, at Silvia Imparato’s Montevetrano estate in San Cipriano Picentino. Produced from local grapes, Montevetrano is vinified and bottled on the estate ensuring full control throughout the productive cycle. The soil is skeleton-rich, of a medium texture composition. Thanks to a careful and observant production process, the wine continues to mature in bottles for ten to fifteen years. A strongly persistent wine, it benefits both from its coastal location and mild climate, in a vineyard protected by the Picentini Mountain peaks. With its distinguished style, this is a wine characterised by its sophistication, the complexity of the soil in which it is grown and the scent and colour of the land.
Area of production: Comune di San Cipriano Picentino Salerno.
Soil: Skeleton-rich, medium texture composition. South-West exposure. Hilly landscape.
Vineyard surface area: 5 hectares.
First year of production: 1993
Training method: Unilateral spurred cordon and Guyot
Grape Varieties: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 30% Aglianico. All estate-grown.
Vinification: Long skin maceration for 20 days
Fermentation: Stainless steel. Numerous pressings. Fermentation of 15 days. Malolactic fermentation performed for about 5 days.
Ageing: 12 to 14 months in new 225 litre French oak casks from Nevers, Allier and Tronçais. Bottled for 6 months before release.
Tasting Notes: Its colour is a deep, intense and concentrated ruby red. It has scents of woodland with hints of violet, blackberry and cherry. Spiced tones drawing on liquorice, myrtle, cinnamon, chocolate, mint and tobacco, depending on the year and the development in ripening; well-balanced through a magnificent blend of tannins, acidity and wood, it has the promise of a young wine that ages well.
Food Pairing: Red meats, wild fowl, mature hard cheeses, cold cuts or on its own, accompanied by mushrooms or truffles. The scents and long palate also make the more vintage years highly enjoyable, with chocolate or even with a good cigar.
Serving temperature: To achieve the true character of Montevetrano, it is best served between 15° and 18°.
“Montevetrano became the turning point in my career, its direction changing decidedly. In 1988, Silvia Imparato asked me to produce a red wine on her land, which surprised me since a quality wine from Salerno was certainly seen as something of a rarity! The challenge however bore successful results: opting for a Cabernet base blended with the local grape, Aglianico, Montevetrano wine was put on the market in 1995. This wine led me to believe that Italy was not all Piedmont and Tuscany,but a handful of regions with optimum conditions for wine production which, above all, were full of secrets that no-one had ever uncovered.“— Riccardo Cotarella
“Proprietor Silvia Imparato is one of the early pioneers in the world of Campanian oenology. On a lark, she thought she would try to make wine at her family’s small estate in Salerno. She enlisted the help of consulting oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, and together they created Montevetrano, the wine that launched Campania in a big way around the world.”– Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, August 2010