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At last! A “cru” style bottling from the sun-drench hillsides of Italy’s Abruzzo region is elevating the region’s work-horse Montepulciano grape to new heights. Aging in new oak barrels and extended macerations give this red the rich mouthfeel, and polish of Super Tuscans or California reds, but keeps the distinctive red fruit character of Montepulciano.
If you’re looking for the best twist on Italy this decade, Tolos is it!
About the wine
In the sunny area of Abruzzo dedicated to the production of Montepulciano grapes, a single mountain rises into the horizon. Along its steep slopes are ancient rock structures, called “Tolos,” designed to shelter local shepherds and vintners since the Roman era. Tolos takes its name from those timeworn structures, but that’s the only ancient element of this wine.
For generations, Terra d’Aligi channelled its centuries-old heritage in their wines, becoming Abruzzo’s brand par excellence with ease. But today, Terra d’Aligi’s new generation is pivoting toward modernity in Tolos, and the results speak for themselves. Top-rated (and hard to put down) this red takes the classic Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grape and treats it like gold with long macerations, new oak barrels, and extended bottle aging before release. The result is a plush, full-bodied red with a velvet mouthfeel and epic flavor concentration. Forget the standard Montepulciano-Pizza pairing, Tolos deserves white glove service, even though it doesn’t come with a triple-digit price.
Appellation: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy
- 4.0/5.0, Vivino Users
- 96+ pts, Jienna Basaldu, Certified Sommelier
4.0 ★ Vivino Users
"Super Tuscan and it was super." - George
Wow. I love this wine. Top 20 by Wine Spectator in 2016. Crazy crazy crazy value." Rob H.
96+ pts, Jienna Basaldu, Certified Sommelier
Darn sexy and checks all the boxes. An astonishing achievement for Montepulciano. Offering soaring intensity and enduring sense of balance and power. It has also has an inner energy and youthfulness that keeps you coming back. Varietal purity and such a pleasure to drink