2018 Illuminati "Riparosso" Montepulicano d'Abruzzo (1.5L Bottle)


90 Points from Vinous: "The 2018 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riparosso opens up with violette pastille, blueberries and sweet spice, neatly framed by a whiff of savory herbs. It boasts soft, fleshy textures and ripe black fruits while leaving salty minerals and vibrant acids to slowly fizzle out. This is long, persistent and fruit-focused, yet it maintains balance, leaving pretty inner florals and the slight tug of youthful tannin.

90 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "Savory tones of dried tobacco and mentholated herbs ride over a ripe bramble-berry core on the nose. The light-bodied palate follows suit, adding in a tangy crushed stone. There's real grip to the tannins but the succulent, crunchy fruit offers a fine counterbalance." (7/1/2020)

From Wine Spectator: "A balanced, medium-bodied red, with light, supple tannins framing the flavors of crushed black cherry and wild sage, with a tang of iron. Drink now through 2024. 6,000 cases imported." (4/30/21)