"This small, family winery is located in the plains near L"Aquila. Founded in 1920 by Antonio Cataldi Madonna, the winery is now run by son Luigi who produces some of Abruzzo's best reds, whites, and roses. Cerasuolo, while sharing the name of the discipline in Sicilia, refers to a tradition of rose wine in the region. The concentrated color of the Montepulciano variety gives a rich, vibrant rose color to the final wine. Catladi Madonna is one of Italy's top five or six pink wine producers."
"Bright, concentrated rose color. The bouquet on the nose is intense, clean and pleasing with aromas of red cherry, wild strawberry and almond. On the palate it is fresh and approachable with a persistent fruity finish. Ideal with tomato-focused dishes and fried courses."~Winery Notes
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"Dark bright pink-red. Delicate aromas and flavors of red cherry, sweet spices, violet and candied note. Luscious and peppery at once with zingy acidity and hints of fresh ginger on the long finish."~ID
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Founded in 1920, Cataldi Madonna has been carried forward by three generations of the family. Consisting of just over 65 acres, the estate is home to Abruzzo's native varietal range and has been bottling its own wines since 1975. Balance lies at the heart of Cataldi Madonna's vineyard and winery philosophy. The focus in the vineyard is to achieve equilibrium in the vine to best express the characteristics of the territory, rather than achieving a specific yield. The approach is continued in the winery, where all the techniques are oriented to preserve the grit, freshness, and distinct flavors of the grapes, as they naturally occur.Since 2003, Lorenzo Landi has consulted with Cataldi Madonna's winemaker Raffaele Orlandini, in order to achieve ever increasing levels of quality in the wines, showcasing the potential of Alto Tirino through its native varietals: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano, and Pecorino. Located in the "oven of Abruzzo", Cataldi Madonna resides in Olena, a kind of amphitheater at the foot of the only Appenine glacier on Calderone in the Gran Sasso mountain range. Sitting at an elevation well over 1,000 feet, Cataldi Madonna's location is a unique intersection of natural gifts which cause significant fluctuation in day and night temperatures, critical to the development of the grapes.