• Great Italian Discovery: Amorotti d'Abruzzo

    Great Italian Discovery: Amorotti d'Abruzzo

    My first reference to Abruzzo was the famous Valentini and Emidio Pepe, until 2020, when our team tasted Amorotti, a new project producing impressive wines at a fraction of the price. Valentini and Emidio Pepe still hold the highest regard in this region, but Amorotti offers a glimpse into the same greatness they glean. These are undoubtedly among the best-valued wines in our Italian collection.

    The Carboni family farms 50 hectares of woodland, pastures, and farmland, where they grow olives, cereals, legumes, and other native crops. A mere five hectares of this polyculture farm are allotted to vineyards. When Gaetano Carboni took over in 2000, he completely revamped the estate and converted to certified organic farming. Valentini, who lives across the road, offered guidance on what clonal material to grow.

    For years, Gaetano sold most of the fruit, only keeping enough to produce wine for his family and friends. 2016 was the first vintage that these wines became available in the market. Amorotti's wines are so individual yet distinct to their variety/style—the common thread being that each is seamless, focused, and full of energy.

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    Posted by Sydney Love
  • O.G. Abruzzo: Valentini & Emidio Pepe

    O.G. Abruzzo: Valentini & Emidio Pepe

    Edoardo Valentini and Emidio Pepe are kings of Abruzzo's Trebbiano, Pecorino, and Montepulciano. Valentini is famous for his disdain of paperwork and insistence on only bottling Montepulciano in select vintages when quality is sky-high. Emidio Pepe is known best for his late releases of aged Montepulciano (The wines below came directly to us from their cellar). Both producers generally eschew sulfur, making them true models of a hands-off regimen in the cellar.

    Today's list also gives an honorable mention to Amorotti, started by Gaetano Carboni in 2000. He grows five hectares of vines on his family's polyculture farm and received guidance from Valentini on what clonal material to plant. They released their wines for the first time starting with the 2016 vintage. Though relatively new to the market, Amorotti offers a great introduction to Abruzzo before diving into the higher-priced cuvées by the region's legends.

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    Posted by Max Kogod