Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cocciapazza Torre dei Beati 2013


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The wine has the ancient, curious name of the area where the vineyard is planted: in the dialect of Abruzzo ‘coccia pazza’ translates as ‘crazy head’. This wine is made with the best Montepulciano grapes grown in Torre Dei Beati’s vineyards. Repeated harvests, normally three per vintage, are carried out in the plot with the best soil and climate conditions, capable of giving the fullest bodied and longest-lived wines. Fermented in steel vats, with a cold pre-maceration and a total maceration of 30 days, it is aged for 20-22 months in barriques, with regular lees stirring. Intense and mature the wine is dominated by a balance between the spiciness of black pepper and liquorice and typical balsamic, chocolate and tobacco notes. Full-bodied and persistent, the lees ageing gives the wine a natural stability, enriching the broad fruity complexity with elegant nuances of flowers and spices.


The name ‘Torre dei Beati’ (Tower of the Blessed) hails from an image on a large 14th century fresco, which adorns the local church of S. Maria in Piano. In the representation of the Judgement Day, the tower is the final goal that souls who have reached the after-life strive to gain access to, through much efforts and difficult trials. This parable is an inspiration to the team at Torre dei Beati who approach the production of their wine, from native grapes, with immense care and attention to detail.

The winery, owned and run by Adrianna Galasso and Fausto Albanesi, is based in Loreto Aprutino, one of the most important and ancient towns in the province of Pescara. Ancient agricultural traditions have over the centuries shaped the territory around it into a patchwork of traditional olive groves and vineyards, alternating with vegetable plots and arable land.

Torre dei Beati’s oldest Montepulciano vineyard was planted in 1972 by Fausto’s father-in-law, Rocco. He sold grapes and eventually passed along seven hectares, no equipment and an old house to his daughter Adrianna and Fausto. They now farm 21 hectares, very close to the mountains, the Gran Sasso looms nearby, and the sea. The location is good with a mixture of mountain and sea breezes keeping the grapes cool during the day and warm at night; the cold air coming down from the Gran Sasso’s snow covered peak just before the harvest is especially important.