Founded in 2006, Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta is today the symbolic mark of the enological renaissance in Abruzzo. Tenuta Ulisse presents itself as a modern, dynamic winery which values into a new era where it blends modern winemaking technology and the energetic lifestyle of contemporary life expressing the potential and character of the native grapes of Abruzzo.
From a wine retail perspective, the Amaranta 2014 was an absolute phenomenon. The very affordable Italian with 99 Points (& Best Italian Red) from James Halliday's Italian double, Luca Maroni in his Annual. And having purchased literally 2 containers of the stuff and recently exhausted all stocks, just imagine our excitement when the new release 2015 repeated the dose! To borrow a line from last year's spiel:
99 Points? Seriously? In this day and age of superlatives and critics trying to stand out from the crowd, it is not entirely surprising to see a wine attain a near perfect scores, but 99 Points is generally limited to outstanding vintage First Growth Bordeaux, the Grandest of Grand Cru Burgs or the Super Tuscans of Italy, all of which run into hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Never in our wildest dreams did we think we could offer a 99 Point wine for this price.
I trust little of this will gest lost in translation but in Maroni's Best Italian Wines Annual 2018 (Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani) he awarded the Amaranta Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015 "Best Absolute Italian Wine":
Sensations: Its exceptional sweetness of pure spicy blackberry, the unoxidised fragrance of its maximum fruitiness, the soft-acid-tannic harmony of its taste, that its blackcurrant pulp, with real persuasiveness and essence, to the touch is cream. A wine of exceptional pleasantness, of supreme and perfect analytic and sensorial qualities. Rating: 99 Points & Best Absolute Italian Wine; Luca Maroni; Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani 2018
Now the bad news. Our allocation of the 2015 is 80% down on the 2014, this despite buying every case available in Australia. Therefore this won't last nearly as long. Purchase limits apply. (And it's still in what must be the world's heaviest bottle!)
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