Francesco Cirelli had just graduated from Business School in 2003 when he began to feel a deep need to simplify his life. He started dreaming about working the land and eventually purchased some farmland in Abruzzo near the Adriatic Sea.
Now he is a rising star in the Abruzzo region, making high quality, 100% organic wine from the Montepulciano grape. “I love to say that I am an artisan winemaker,” Cirelli says. “I am not producing serial, standardized, industrial wines. My wines have to reflect the terroir, my know-how, and my feelings. This is the difference between industry and artisanality.”
Cirelli proclaims that “[wine is] an existential declaration, a magic potion for joy and communion.” His 2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is lively and juicy, fresh and herbal, reminiscent of fresh cherries and blackberries. A solid wine that is hugely enjoyable, it can be drunk slightly chilled on its own, or pairs nicely with any tomato-based soups or sauces. Abruzzo is known for its handmade noodles, and a classic pairing is ‘Guitar Pasta,’ thick noodles cut by strings, with spicy tomato sauce.
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