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Illuminati Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Ilico 2018

Illuminati Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Ilico

2018
90
SUCKLING
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£12.80

/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Ilico is possibly the wine which best embodies the excellent price-quality ratio that characterises Illuminati wines. It’s a single varietal Montepulciano aged for a year in large 25-hectolitre Slavonian oak casks and in bottle for a further 8-10 months. Yet it comes onto the market at a really affordable price, a very risky challenge, but the Illuminati family rise to it with complete success. This is borne out by the recognitions received, such as those from Gambero Rosso’s Tre Bicchieri, and ratified by our palates too, the ultimate judge overall.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic
View
Ruby red / Carico
Bouquet
Frutti rossi / Liquorice / Macchia mediterranea / Speziato / Liquirizia / Fruta roja compotada / Ageing notes
Mouth
Corpulent / Well-integrated tannins / Speziato / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

pasta
Pasta
carnes-rojas
Red meat
quesos-curados
Cured cheeses
embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles

Ratings and awards

20192 GR3 VA
201890 SK
201790 SK3 GR3 VA91 VN90 WS
201690 PK92 SK
PK: ParkerSK: SucklingGR: Gambero rossoVA: Viti aisVN: VinousWS: Wine spectator

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Suckling, Suckling, and Suckling

Rome's favorite companion to its beloved bucatini all'amatriciana is almost any Montepulciano-based red wine from the neighboring region of Abruzzo. Illuminati's 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Ilico is an ideal pairing partner. The wine shows a bright spot of red or purple fruit, with ample notes of forest berry, cassis and dried blueberry. A lot of that freshness is characteristic of the classic 2016 vintage that tends to offer youthful fruit flavors straight out of the gate. Sprinkle your amatriciana with plenty of shaved pecorino for this one. This is a mid-weight wine with a balanced 13.5% alcoholic content. It ages in large oak casks for 12 months. Some 100,000 bottles were released.

— Monica Larner (09/04/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 90 PARKER

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. Drink now or hold.

— James Suckling (07/11/2019)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2016 - 92 SUCKLING

Dried cherry, prune, tobacco, walnut and spices on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and bright acidity. Richly flavored with chocolate-orange notes on the finish. Drink or hold.

— James Suckling (07/04/2021)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2017 - 90 SUCKLING

Some balance of fruit and oak to this riserva. Medium-bodied with fine oak and fruit tannins that are melded together. Could do with more fruit mid-palate. A little two-dimensional, but structurally sound and a decent drink now.

— James Suckling (08/12/2021)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2018 - 90 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

4.0/5
3 reviews
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Winemaking

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodSlovenian oak
Clarification and filtrationSoft filtering before bottling

Vineyards

SoilClay
ClimateMediterranean with continental influence
YieldsModerate yields
Altitude260.00 meters