Illuminati, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG (Abruzzo, Italy) Riserva “Zanna” 2015

($38, Montcalm Wine Importers):  Colline Teramane, the hills around Teramano, in the north of Abruzzo, neighboring the Marche, is Abruzzo’s sole DOCG.  Judging from this line-up of Illuminati’s wines, it certainly deserves that accolade based on the quality of this release.  A more robust wine, yet not overdone by any means, it’s wonderfully refined.  Great acidity makes it come alive in the finish, sporting a lovely hint of bitterness and savory qualities.  Its youthful boldness is apparent, which means giving it a few more years in the bottle is a good idea.  If you are planning to drink it now, find a leg of lamb.
93 Michael Apstein Apr 27, 2021