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Illuminati 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC Ilico
Illuminati 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC Ilico
Illuminati 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva DOC Ilico

Montepulciano Riserva Ilico is 100% Montepulciano from a single-vineyard, a small but stately step-up from the Riparosso, more structured from extended time in oak, still a great value for a Riserva bottling from a top producer such as Illuminati. Ilico offers great textural richness and intensity; juicy dark cherries, flowers and spices seem to jump from the glass. A joyous, fruit-driven red, Ilico is an excellent choice for drinking with roasted red meats, braised meats, game, poultry, medium-aged cheeses, and it is ideal with lamb.

James Suckling - 92 Points
"A well-balanced proposition from this producer, opening with aniseed, licorice, blackcurrants and citrus. Medium to full body, polished, integrated tannins and a medium-chewy finish with some real acidity drive. How it should be done."

Wine Enthusiast - 89 Points
"Aromas of ripe forest berries and black cherry meld with tobacco and peppery spice on the nose. The palate is tightly wound yet shows good concentration of fruit, supported by fine, sandy tannins and tangy acidity."

Vinous - 88+ Points
"Moderately saturated inky-purple. Creamy and intensely flavored but still rather folded in on itself; sweet, rich, dark berry flavors hint at the sweetness to come. Closes broad and suave.This is a huge, strapping, tactile red boasting noteworthy salinity. I’d forget about this in the cellar for a couple more years to let it develop greater nuance and more layers."

Wine Spectator - 88 Points
"A fresh and balanced, medium-bodied Montepul- ciano, with light, sculpted tannins framing the black currant, anise, smoke and sage flavors. Drink now through 2021."

Type

Red

Varietal

Montepulciano

Vintage

2016

Winemaker


Alcohol content

13.5%

Appellation

Italy - Abruzzo

Vinous

88+

Wine Enthusiast

89

Wine Spectator

88

James Suckling

92

750mL

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