In a nutshell: A concentrated, biodynamic Montepulciano d`Abruzzo from near the Adriatic coast of central eastern Italy.
The lowdown: The cooperative in the small Abruzzo town of Orsogna is big on sustainable viticulture in general and biodynamics in particular for which they've earned certified Demeter status. This, their Montepulcian d'Abruzzo, is made from carefully selected grapes which are left to ferment naturally using wild yeasts before ageing in a combination of oak and stainless steel for at least four months. It has a deep ruby red colour with a pronounced nose of black cherries and a toasty note from the oak ageing. The palate is fairly full bodied with concentrated black fruit notes combines with cocoa, cinnamon and vanilla held together by chewy tannins and a long, fruity finish.
When to drink: With its deep, ripe flavours it's perfect with rich pasta dishes, or ham and prosciutto.
Cantina Orsogna is an award-winning Abruzzo cooperative specialising in native grapes of the region such as Montepluciano d`Abruzzo, Cococciola and Pecorino. Orsogna are committed to the biodynamic principles by which they make their wine and have many certified Demeter biodynamic wines under the Lunaria brand.