Our link to the Abruzzi region, to its history, and our roots represent the basis for all the names selected for Talamonti wines. Therefore, the choice to link the Montepulciano dAbruzzo grape, the regions prince red grape to one of the regions most important landmarks was obvious. The name Tre Saggi (The Three Wise Men) stems from three figures present in a fresco found in the Church of Santa Maria in Piano, located only 4km from the Talamonti vineyard-estate. These have been identified by historians as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The landmark painting dates back to the 13th century and is considered one of the greatest artistic feats still existing in our region. The unknown author appears to have been inspired by Alighieri Dantes The Divine Comedy. The Fresco depicts an incredible journey in the afterlife: From the limbo of the non-baptized infants, through sinners hell, onto the souls of purgatory, and eventually to the paradise of the righteous. The transcendent journey continues into the sixth heaven inhabited by angels, archangels and patriarchs, (our Tre Saggi - Three Wise Men in English) , prophets, apostles, souls not requiring any divine judgment, martyrs, confessors, and virgins. Lastly, the Seventh Heaven hosts His Majesty and the Throne of God. At the bottom left corner of the fresco there is the entrance tower to Paradise where St. Peter is depicted regulating the entry of souls. Outside this entrance tower we find again the Three Patriarchs. In the Catholic religion the Three Wise Men are considered magicians (astrologists) that travelled to Jerusalem to pay homage to the newly born baby Jesus. In addition, the number, three, has always been considered by ancient civilizations as the perfect number.
Talamonti Tre Saggi is the result of the team work and passion of Talamontis three pillars: The Chief winemaker, Lucio Matricardi; The Sales Director, Rodrigo Redmont; The Family Proprietor Antonella Di Tonno. Such a name was a natural choice for this single-vineyard wine, produced only in outstanding vintages.
AREA OF PRODUCTION
Select vineyards located near the village of Loreto Aprutino in the Montepulciano dAbruzzo area.
Montepulciano dAbruzzo (100%).
Stony, calcareous, structured and drained. Altitude: 300 meters above sea level.
Following a rigorous hand harvest in mid - October, the grape stalks are removed. Alcoholic fermentation with skin contact takes place with select yeasts during 14 days with periodic pumping over. Malolactic fermentation follows in 300 liter French barriques (Allier and Troncais). Subsequently, the wine is aged for twelve months in 300 liter French oak barrels. The cycle ends with a 12-month bottle rest.
Dark ruby-red with violet undertones. Complex wild berry notes framed by elegant oak spices. Blackcurrant, spicy cherry integrated with hazelnut and coffee.
TOTAL PRODUCTION 30.000 bottles
Drinkable today, Tre Saggi will age well for the next 8-10 years.
Perfect with red meats, game and aged sheep cheese. Best enjoyed at 18°C.