2007 Illuminati Lumen

September 17, 2014

Name:Lumen
Vintage:2007
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer:Illuminati
Region:Italy / Abruzzo
Alcohol:n/a

Almost prohibitively young. Notes of oxidation and port early on, sweet, dense attack and greenish finish. Give it 3hrs in decanter at this age or 5 more years in a bottle.

2008 Illuminati Pieluni Riserva Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

September 16, 2014

Name:Pieluni Riserva Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Vintage:2008
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Producer:Illuminati
Region:Italy / Abruzzo
Alcohol:n/a

Feels more friendly than the ‘7, albeit still needs plenty of time to breathe. Deep raspberry, sweet and sour. Heavy aftertaste of high quality dark bitter chocolate. Tannins trump acidity by far, making the food pairing a little complicated. A lean stew, perhaps? Overall, I’d like to start drinking it at 1-12 years of age at least.