2020 Tenuta Ulisse 'Amaranta' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

  • 99 Points ~Luca Maroni
  • Consecutive 99 Point Wine for 10 Years
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About the Wine

Year after year, Tenuta Ulisse has been proving its high quality with multiple 95+ scores, and it has quickly become Luca Maroni's darling. The iconic Amaranta has received a solid 99 score by Maroni for 10 consecutive years, and 2020 was no exception. 

If you’re looking for amazing wine at a great price, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is your go-to. James Suckling described Montepulciano as “solid, rich, easy-to-like, and best of all wallet-friendly wines.”

Tenuta Ulisse is located in the beautiful region of Abruzzo. This winery was founded in 2006 and today, it is a flagship for the winemaking revival of this Italian wine region.

The winery is owned and managed by brothers Antonio and Luige Ulisse, two passionate winemakers who pour their heart and soul into their family winery. Ulisse brothers have managed to perfectly combine the modernity of the new winemaking with the centennial traditions. Their vision is “To use the most expressive and unique terroirs of Abruzzo to create Abruzzo fine wine of distinction." 

Ulisse winery is located about 9 miles from the Adriatic Sea. This is translated into a magnificent terroir that is benefited from maritime influence. The vineyards are planted with native grapes like  Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Pecorino, Passerina y Cococciola.

Amaranta Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a cru wine obtained from Abruzzo’ s most important red grape, the Montepulciano. This wine represents this Tenuta’s commitment to producing outstanding, real wines, that can truly represent the terroir of Abruzzo.

Aging: 9-12 months in French and American barrels. 

Tasting Notes: 100% Montepulciano. Ruby red with garnet reflections, intense and persistent fragrance; the bouquet is intense, fruity, and persistent, with notes of dried flowers, spice, licorice, and marasca cherries. The palate is stylish, velvety, almost creamy, and compact with a tannic structure that blends nicely with the alcoholic component. Great structure, complex, elegant, well balanced with a long aftertaste. Opulent fruit. Ideal for roasts, game, strongly flavored dishes, and mature cheese. We can't get enough of this wine and it's an instant sell out every time. Don't miss this icon from Abruzzo!


Few other red wines in the world show off this style in which the sweetness of the fruit, with those of the balsamic spices so sweetly, vanilla-mentally minty, are so penetrated and balanced. At the base of this shining persuasion, a raw material of supreme concentration, an oenological transformation that nothing has dispersed of its original natural splendor. The integrity that is cleanliness and stainless splendor of its fruit of the forest, of concentration and palatal balance is truly exceptional. Chapeau.~99 Luca Maroni, I Migliori Vini Italiani, Guide to Italy's Best Wines 2022

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