This post is my entry in the 17th edition of the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (#MWCC17). The theme, epiphany, was set by the previous winner John of The Wine Raconteur. This marks also my first ever entry in this monthly competition.
So the “theme” that I have decided on is “Epiphany” and I do not mean in the classic religious concept, though if one can make it work, all the better. I am using the theme “Epiphany” for that one wine that really changed your attitude towards wine and created your appreciation for wine and what it offered you, and started your new journey of appreciation.
Being half-Italien and coming from a family who appreciates wine, wine has always been a part of my life. Over the years I have tasted hundreds of wines. Many were excellent, some were awful but only a few have changed my way of appreciating wine. One of them is Plateo.
I had my first glass of Plateo, vintage 1995, at a Christmas Eve dinner with my family many years ago. Back then I was not really into wine and I only drank wine occasionally. It is fair to say that wine did not interest me that much but even with my basic knowledge of wine, I understood that Plateo was different than the other wines I tasted before. I still remember this day quite well. The wine was fascinating and I liked it a lot. I could not describe the aromas in detail as I can today but something told me that this wine was it.
Was my first Plateo my Wine Epiphany? Probably not because I was too young and too unexperienced but my first Plateo helped me to understand that wine can be something truly wonderful. But my first Plateo aroused my interest and my affection for wine grew stronger and stronger.
On my wine journey I was lucky enough to try this wonderful wine more than once. Every time I tasted it I was reminded of how perfect wine can be. Plateo opened my eye and made me want to explore the world further. Soon it became my wine for special occasions and celebrations.
Plateo has always been there. Plateo has been following me on my wine journey. Plateo helped me to understand the beauty of wine more than any other wine. Plateo is my perfect wine.
About three and a half years ago, in January of 2012, I tasted an amazing bottle of 2005 Plateo – my favorite vintage for Plateo. On that evening I told a friend who I was sharing the bottle with about my first 1995 Plateo. He asked me if I remembered how it tasted. But all that I knew was that it felt like heaven. In order to not have the same dilemma in the future I thought it was a good idea to to start writing down my tasting notes so that I could look back on the wines I loved and hated. Thanks for that inspiration, Plateo.
I wrote them down in a journal and my first tasting notes were on the 2005 Plateo. Eventually I thought: Why not share them? And so this blog was born in May of 2012. Thanks for inspiring me to start this blog, Plateo!
Plateo became one of my all-time favorite wines. I have lots of good memories coined with it. If I ever had a wine epiphany then it was that 2005 Plateo on that evening in January 2012. Who knows, maybe I would have never gotten interested in wine without Plateo? Maybe no Vino in Love had I not tasted Plateo. Difficult to say. But what I can say for sure is that in the unlikely case that for whatever reason I could only drink one more bottle of wine in my life then I’d definitely pick a Plateo!
Now that you know my wine epiphany it is time that I tell you a little more about Plateo.
So what is Plateo?
Plateo is a varietal Montepulciano which hails from sunny Abruzzo, Italy. It is produced by Agriverde. I still have a a few bottles of Plateo in my cellar and felt that it was time to open one so that I could tell you in detail how amazing this wine is.
Agriverde produces over 20 wines; most of them are varietals. The reds are sourced from Montepulciano grapes whereas the whites are either made with Pecorino, Trebbiano or Passerina grapes.
Plateo is the winery’s flagship wine and only produced in limited quantities in favorable vintages from a single vineyard called Donna Mira. The vineyard is located about 250 MSL. Plateo’s appellation is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC.
After harvest, the grapes undergo an extended maceration in stainless steel tanks. The wine ages in steel vats for about two years. It is then transferred from the steel vats into French barrique barrels in which it continues to age for two more years. After a total of four years the wine gets bottled. It stays at Agriverde for another year before it gets released on the market. The current vintage is 2009.
2007 Agriverde Plateo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
In the glass, Plateo has a deep purple color with ruby red and garnet hues. The nose is complex with lots of layers of aromas and very harmonious. A good mix between spicy oak aromas and fresh fruit. It opens with espresso beans, blackberries, cinnamon and a little vanilla, followed by mint and blackcurrant. As the wine evolves in the glass, aromas of cherries and plums become more present, too.
On the palate, Plateo is very dry and warm. Silky tannins and vivid with lots of energy. Full-bodied, complex and well-structured. Notes of forest fruit, eucalyptus and dark chocolate. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of acidity to keep the wine going for years. Never-ending finish.
Plateo is a world class Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and a perfect meditation wine. According to Wine Searcher, the 2007 vintage is already sold out. The 2008 vintage retails in Munich for about €50. Plateo ages very well so if you are planing on buying a bottle of Plateo then pick up something old.
Also if you are visiting Abruzzo make sure to visit Agriverde. They offer beautiful accommodations and will gladly let you try their wines, including Plateo, either in their cellar and restaurant.
Have you tried Plateo before? I’d love to read your thoughts on it. Cheers!
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