Wine Reviews

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Colline Teramane Vizzarro 2016 – Barone Cornacchia

© Piero Pardini - The Wolf Post
Written by Piero Pardini

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The Barone Cornacchia Farm has an ancient tradition that has its roots at the end of the 16th century, when the Cornacchia family received, from the King of Naples, the baronial title (Baroni di Poggio Varano and CASANOVA) and the task, typical of the feudal order of the time, to control the vast fiefdoms that extended around the Fortress of Civitella, on the borderland of the Bourbon Kingdom.
With the unity of Italy, loyal to the Bourbons, Cornacchia abandoned the palace in the Fortress, retreating to an estate in Torri (Abruzzo Region), a small village now home to the family and company headquarters. This property has always shown its vocation for viticulture because it is characterized by hills with excellent exposure, stony limestone soil and an ideal microclimate, thanks to its proximity to the Adriatic Sea and the Gran Sasso d’Italia.
At the beginning of the 1900s, Baron Filippo Vizzarro Cornacchia, a passionate winemaker, chose this exceptional area to resume and pass on the ancient winemaking tradition.
After the devastating phylloxera infestation that affected all of Italy, he selected ancient clones and re-planted all the vineyards with American grafting introducing Montepulciano among the cultivated varieties.
In 1969, the Montepulciano R/7 clone, Biotipo Teramano was selected in the Baroni Cornacchia vineyard and was, until 2007, one of the very few clones of this variety to be widely used throughout Abruzzo.
There have been 4 generations, each of which has added an important piece to the current structure of the winery, always taking advantage of the techniques and technologies available over the years.

Ownership: Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia
Oenological management: Filippo Cornacchia and advice from Goffredo Agostini
Agronomic management: Filippo and Caterina Cornacchia
Viticulture: organic
Vineyard hectares: 54
Bottles produced 250,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Year of foundation: early 1900s on an old family property (from 1488).

Wine: Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Vizzarro
Variety composition: 100% Montepulciano.
Alcoholic strength: 14.5% vol.
Vintage: 2016.
Classification: Hills of Teramo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG.
Production area: Contrada torri, Torano Nuovo (TE).
Ground altitude: 250 m a.s.l.
Soil type: stony limestone.
Training system: simple curtain row with spurred cordon.
Plant density: 4,000 – 4,500 plants per hectare.
Yield per hectare: 80/90 quintals of grapes.
Harvest: manual with selection of the bunches.
Harvest period: mid-October.
Vinification: crushing and destemming, maceration on the skins for 15/20 days with must at 28° C in a submerged cap winemaker.
Fermentation: in stainless steel tanks.
Aging: in 250 liter French oak barriques for 30 months, then 6 months in the bottle.
Serving temperature: 18° C.

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Vizzarro 2016 - Barone Cornacchia

© Ph. Donatella Mancini – Barone Cornacchia

Visual exam
Clarity: Crystal-clear
Color: ruby red
Consistency: consistent
Observations: intense with purple reflections

Olfactory examination
Intensity: intense
Complexity: quite complex
Quality: fine
Description: floral, fruity and spicy
Remarks: floral notes reminiscent of lavender and red rose, fruity hints of cherry, durone and plum close to spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper in grains. Nuance of licorice.

Taste – olfactory examination
Sugars: dry
Alcohols: warm
Polyalcohols: moderately smooth
Acids: fresh
Tannins: tannic
Minerality: mineral
Structure: sturdy
Balance: moderately balanced
Intensity: intense
Length: Moderately long
Quality: Good

Final remarks
State of Evolution: ready
Harmony: moderately harmonious

Pairings: pappardelle with wild boar sauce.

Barone Cornacchia
Contrada Torri, 19
64010 Torano Nuovo (TE)
Phone +39 0861 887412


About the author

Piero Pardini

Da Maggio 2002, giornalista pubblicista.
Coautore del saggio "Gianni Clerici - Lo scrittore, il poeta il giornalista", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Dal 2015, Sommelier AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommelier- Italian Sommelier Association).
Scrive di vino, enogastronomia, sport, tecnologie.
Dal 2016, direttore responsabile di "The Wolf Post", di cui è il fondatore.

Freelance journalist, since May 2002.
Co-author of the essay "Gianni Clerici - The writer, the poet the journalist", Le Lettere, Firenze.
Since 2015, Sommelier AIS (Italian Sommelier Association).
He writes about wine, sport and technologies.
Since 2016, founder and editor-in-chief of "The Wolf Post".