Orsetto Oro is made by the Casal Thaulero co-operative winery in Abruzzo. The co-op is named after Giovanni Thaulero, the agricultural secretary of Abruzzo in the early 1800s. He is renowned for instituting new concepts in viticulture which improved the wine greatly and eventually led to the famous wine of the area, our selection, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
It took 150 years for a winery to bear Thaulero's name, but when it finally happened in 1961, Casal Thaulero became the first winery to export Montepulciano outside of Italy.
There is probably no state in Italy that is as closely associated with one wine as Abruzzo is with Montepulciano. They are almost one in the same and proud of it. In the beginning, the wines were good, everyday offerings at great values. But many local producers saw the successes of other areas' wines and decided it was time for Montepulciano to join the wave.
Today, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo can be considered one of the great wines of Italy and, without question, its greatest value. Very few wines even come close.
Montepulciano produces fairly big, substantial wines, and this one is no exception. There are the plum and anise aromas in the nose and on the palate, with spice and ripe black fruits from beginning to end. The medium tannins grip the palate and let you know you are in the presence of royalty.