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Illuminati Ilico 2003, D.O.C. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Colour: very dark and deep red with purple.
Nose:  quite expressive, with a rich sweetness, earthy, raisiny fruit, some cherries,  warm, spicy, a touch of tea and smoke, quite rich and velvetty, not refined or complex.
Taste:  reasonably full bodied, round, soft and warm, juicy, mild acidity, a touch of wood, alcohol, spices, some fruit a hint of chocolate, some a bit drying tannins, impressions of smoke and tea. Quite rich and round with a slight rustic twist at the end.
Finish: quite long, with alcohol, some spices, earthy fruit, some dusty tannins, quite rich, a touch of smoke and chocolate.

* A wine with an earthy, warm and supple character, quite fullbodied, mild and spicy-fruity, easy accessable, but supplied with enough character (tannins) to give it the tension needed to match rich and strong regional dishes.

- Drink this wine between now and 2006, will not improve with age,  because of its low acidity it runs the risk of drying out.

- A special selection for restaurants, a bit richer and softer than the Riparosso 2003 from the same producer.  Good producer of approachable (modern) Abruzzo wines that generally possess a strong, interesting regional signature. Well worth the money

- lotnr.: L ?

- tasted: 21-04-’05

- estimated retail price ca. 7,5 euro

- average production: not indicated

- Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati "Fattoria Nico", 64010 Controguerra (Teramo) Italia, tel.: + 39-0861808008, fax.: + 39-0861810004, e-mail: / web site:
- export agent: Enoteca Nederland,  Mr. Maarten Bonants, tel.: +31-344613736, fax.: +31-344612550, e-mail: