On Thursday October 24 at 6:30 Stellina welcomes proprietor and winemaker Rodrigo Redmont from Abruzzi’s TALAMONTI WINERY to a Dinner and Tasting featuring his award-winning wines.
We will taste five of TALAMONTI’S latest releases, paired with a five-course menu. Cost for this dinner is $65 per person, including all food and wine. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Please call Stellina in person at 617-924-9475 to insure prompt confirmation.
The wines of the Abruzzo region aren’t particularly well-known in the U.S. While not as flamboyant or famous as the wines from Umbria and Tuscany, Abruzzo’s neighbors to the west, wines from the Abruzzo region can be delicious as well as affordable.
Located in the town of Loretto Aprutino in Abruzzo’s underdeveloped and rugged interior, the Talamonti winery is trying hard to raise the profile of Abruzzo wines. And the folks at Talamonti are doing it the old-fashioned way that is by carefully managing the vineyards and utilizing traditional vinification processes in producing quality wines that appeal to a broad range of consumers and wine enthusiasts.
Established in 2001 by the Di Tonno family, the family-run estate today has about 80 acres of vineyards dedicated to growing classic Abruzzo red and white varieties such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Trebbiano d’Abruzzo and Pecorino. The vineyards are set high, almost a thousand feet above sea level, and have good south-eastern exposure
Our daily objective lies in constantly seeking the best interaction between the varietal in our vineyards, the sun-exposition, the training method, and the desired yield, with the sole desire to best express our unique terroir. Our vineyards circumnavigate our winery and are located at 300 meters above sea level with South East exposure in the Tavo Valley region.
The Cellars are filled with dozens of prime oak barrels selected for greater variety in origin, grain, seasoning and toasture The vinification area hosts select state-of-the art fermentation vats of different sizes in order to vinify separately the different parcels of vineyards.
A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO PROPRIETOR & WINEMAKER RODRIGO REDMONT
As wonderful as the wines are, without a doubt the highlight of the evening will be the opportunity to meet with Rodrigo Redmont, the co-founder and Winemaker of Talamonti Wines.
Rodrigo’s goal is to raise the profile of the Abruzzo region. Rodrigo’s vision is to redefine the meaning of value for the region. He sees the Abruzzi as the Langedoc of Italy – value is also Quality at a good price.
Rodrigo says that to understand Talamonti it is essential to understand the land of Abruzzo. Abruzzo is known as “the greenest region in Europe.” One third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves. Situated at the same latitude of Rome, the surrounding mountains and the Adriatic Sea provides a moderating Mediterranean climate. Renowned for its variety and richness, the area is well-known around the world for high-end culinary delights like olive oil, saffron and truffles with the Abruzzo kitchen being among the best in Italy.
The isolation of the region kept the winemaking there distinct, and the Abruzzo wines have maintained a character not found elsewhere. In 2001, Rodrigo saw this uniqueness and formed Talamonti. Today, the Talamonti vineyards are managed in an organic manner and the estate’s energy is 100% sourced from renewable wind power.
TREBI (Trebbiano d’Abruzzo)
Orecchiette with mussels, clams and shrimp
Pear, Walnut & Bittergreen Salad with Shaved Pecorino
MODA (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
Rigatoni with Abruzzo Game & Porcini Ragu
TRE SAGGI (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo)
Roasted Swordfish with Tomatoes, Peppers & Eggplant
KUDOS (Merlot & Montepulciano d”Abruzzo)
Grilled Lamb with Saffron Potatoes
We loved this Trebbiano. It’s made with the superior quality Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grapes (not Trebbiano Toscano). Dry. Citrus, lemon, floral, peaches, fresh, refreshing acidity with a touch of sweetness you won’t notice because of the high acidity. Easy drinking on its own and with food.
Pale straw with light green hues. Intense bouquet of ripe apples, peaches. Refreshing ripe apple and peach notes end with a gentle acidity. A rich, full, round and persistent wine.
Made with Pecorino, this white wine is the more serious of the two (think of them as humans with personalities if you’ve ever wondered what wine writers mean when they say “serious”). Dry. Stones, high acid, guava and lychee fruit with a drying finish. Was the better wine to have with our pasta with clams. i.e. It’s a food wine. Delicious.
Pecorino is an interesting indigenous white variety. It grows primarily in the Abruzzo and Marche regions as well as some adjoining regions on Italy’s eastern coastline. Pecorino is a light colored, early ripening variety that has both high acidity and high sugar content. It is also a thin-skinned variety that grows best in cooler, high-altitude vineyards.
The Pecorino grape isn’t related in any way to Pecorino cheese, another local product. The word “Pecorino” means “little sheep” and most likely refers to tales that sheep would often eat the early-ripening Pecorino grapes while moving through the vineyards on their way to summer pastures. The only connection between the wine and the cheese is an indirect one in that the soft textured and mild-flavored variety of Pecorino cheese is a wonderful match for Pecorino wine.
The grape, the wine as well as the cheese all share the Pecorino name.
The flavors aren’t aggressive as much as elegant, clean and refreshing. This Pecorino wine is splendid as an aperitivo or anytime soft, sheep’s-milk cheeses are on hand. It also is the perfect wine to have in stock for those early-spring festivities featuring light pasta, seafood, vegetable tempura or poultry dish
WINE ETYMOLOGY: The term Trabocchetto was selected for its historical importance to the Abruzzi’s fishing tradition. According to local historians, the Trabocco (or Trabucco) was a fishing innovation imported from the Middle East with literature references dating back to the 18th century. These ancient fishing machines were quickly adopted throughout the Adriatic Coast. Built exclusively out of wood, the construction permitted fisherman to fish in the worst of weather conditions. The Trabocco is a wooden platform that stretches out to the sea and is anchored to large rocks. Long arms or antennas soar above and sustain an enormous net called “Trabocchetto”. Such fishing machines were positioning to exploit the water currents and were considered to be extremely efficient in intercepting the flows of schools that move along the coast. The term was also applied to the most powerful weapon used by European armies in the Medieval period. These giant wooden catapults were used for centuries to assault fortresses and castles throughout Europe and greatly feared.
Talamonti “Moda” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo- Ruby red with garnet reflections, the bouquet is fruity and persistent, reminiscent of red fruits, marasca cherries, and plums with vanilla nuances. A full-bodied Montepulciano with good balance and firm tannins, flavorful, long on the palate, immediately appealing and versatile.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: Mature plum and a whiff of cake spice lead the nose on this straightforward wine. The ripe easygoing palate doles out black cherry extract and a hint of cinnamon accompanied by dusty tannins.
The nose is fruity and offers a small minerality as well as a fine concentration. It reveals notes of blackberry, wild raspberry and small hints of berries / blue fruits combined with fine touches of gray pepper, racy minerality as well as a very discreet hint of grove. The palate is fruity, juicy, well-balanced and offers a good definition, a fine acidulous / juicy frame, a small tension, a (very) slight freshness, minerality, a fine suavity as well as a small airy side. On the palate this wine expresses notes of blackberry, juicy raspberry and small notes of cherry associated with fine touches of zan, black olive and racy minerality.
AREA OF PRODUCTION Select vineyards located near the village of Loreto Aprutino in the Montepulciano dAbruzzo area.
GRAPE VARIETIES Montepulciano dAbruzzo (100%). SOIL Stony, calcareous, structured and drained. Altitude: 300 meters above sea leve
FLAVORS Dark ruby-red with violet undertones. Complex wild berry notes framed by elegant oak spices. Blackcurrant, spicy cherry integrated with hazelnut and coffee. Dry. Black fruit, medium body, what Redmont calls a “modern interpretation” of this red wine made with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
WINE ETYMOLOGY: The name Tre Saggi (The Three Wise Men) stems from three figures present in a fresco found in the Church of Santa Maria in Piano, located only 4km from the Talamonti vineyard-estate. These have been identified by historians as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The landmark painting dates back to the 13th century and is considered one of the greatest artistic feats still existing in our region. The unknown author appears to have been inspired by Alighieri Dantes The Divine Comedy. The Fresco depicts an incredible journey in the afterlife: From the limbo of the non-baptized infants, through sinners hell, onto the souls of purgatory, and eventually to the paradise of the righteous. The transcendent journey continues into the sixth heaven inhabited by angels, archangels and patriarchs, (our Tre Saggi – Three Wise Men in English) , prophets, apostles, souls not requiring any divine judgment, martyrs, confessors, and virgins. Lastly, the Seventh Heaven hosts His Majesty and the Throne of God. At the bottom left corner of the fresco there is the entrance tower to Paradise where St. Peter is depicted regulating the entry of souls. Outside this entrance tower we find again the Three Patriarchs. In the Catholic religion the Three Wise Men are considered magicians (astrologists) that travelled to Jerusalem to pay homage to the newly born baby Jesus. In addition, the number, three, has always been considered by ancient civilizations as the perfect number.
70% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 30% Merlot. Black fruit, balsamic vinegar (what often comes across in the aromas in the more developed wines from Italy). Nicely done
Talamonti’s innovative spirit and winemaking expertise is demonstrated prominently in Kudos. The wine is the result of 5 years of joint research with the Università degli Studi di Teramo on the estate’s terroir and different forms of oak ageing. During five years, the study focused on the evolution of the Montepulciano and Merlot grapes in different oak barrels, varying the size, the origin, the seasoning and toasting of the wood. Kudos aims to introduce itself not simply as a range extension, but as spokesman for an estate’s evolution and development.
Estate-bottled only in exceptional vintage years, this SuperAbruzzo integrates the native varietal of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with the noble French grape of Merlot in the extraordinary Loreto Aprutino terroir. A fusion between the king of the native varietals of our region with one of the greatest international varietals. The whole is greater then the sum of its parts.
FLAVOR: Intensely deep ruby red color with violet reflections. Complex fresh berry character with notes of cherries, blueberries and currants, further integrated by the elegant oak spices hinting of coffee and vanilla. Rich fruit, great concentration, complex, with diverse layers of supple tannins. A powerful wine of great elegant statu