In a nutshell: A fresh ruby red organic Italian wine from the heart of Abruzzo not far from the Adriatic.
The lowdown: Iole Rabasco was lucky to inherit a small vineyard on which chemicals had never been used thus making her objective of producing organic, natural wines that much easier. From her Cancelli vineyard this is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes and undergoes spontaneous fermentation. The result is a wonderfully bright with crunchy red fruits, a crisp acidity and clean minerality.
When to drink: Excellent when served slightly chilled which really brings out the fresh berry fruit.
Iole Rabasco inherited her family's small vineyard and olive grove, neither of which have ever been treated with chemicals. And she's taken that blessing and run with it enabling her to farm the estate organically without having to do any conversion process.. Her property of 3.5 hectares is located in the village of Pianella about 40 kilometres from the Adriatic and is nestled in north-central Abruzzo where you have unique meso and micro-climates. The base of the Gran Sasso mountain range runs along its western edge.
Almost all of her vines are Montepulciano, but she also has a couple of rows of Trebbiano. These vines, on average, are 40-years-old, and are 450 metres above sea level. Soils are calcareous clay mixed with alluvial sediment and fossil remains. The vines are trained in the traditional tendone-style pergola, and all the work is done by hand. She intentionally keeps her yields low. She prefers her wines to have acidity and freshness rather than power and extraction.