Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Bajo' 2020, Ilauri

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This vibrant red from Abruzzo displays a violet color and an intense bouquet of ripe red fruit, finely framed with spices. Ideal with barbecued meats, lasagna, or just about any traditional Italian specialty. And yet, it’s so smooth you could easily curl up on the couch with a good book and a bottle, or grab a loved one and Netflix, chill, and cheers to the perfect evening!

Select vineyards with stony and calcareous soil are carefully managed to produce this classic wine. Following its temperature controlled vinification in stainless steel, the wine is aged for six months in large Slovenian oak barrels and ends its cycle with a short bottle rest.

About the Winery

With a shared love for the ancient beauty of Abruzzo Antonella and Rodrigo Redmont planted roots in their homeland (literally) with olive trees, grapevines and a house back in 2004. Several years later they had their first vintage with their new winery I Lauri. The name “I Lauri” stems from the laurel trees that once covered the hills in Loreto Aprutino. Located just 12 miles from the Adriatic sea, this medieval town displays a picturesque balance between classical architecture and natural terrain. It is lined with centuries-old olive groves and vineyards with low lying hills overlooking the sea.

To protect this land and to be a model for other wine growing regions around Italy their emphasis is sustainability. They do not use chemical insecticides in the vineyards, rather vegetation between rows to promote healthy soil and a diverse ecosystem. To conserve water and support deeper roots and distinct vines, irrigation is never used. Additionally, they only use renewable energy sources from local wind farms to power operations at the winery.