Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2008
Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Vino Nobile is garnet red in color; its bouquet is delicate and intense, with a slight scent of violet; the taste is dry with a hint of tannin.
Serving suggestions: this important wine is ideal with roast and grilled meat, game and mature cheeses.
"The 2008 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows lovely intensity in its dark fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and earthiness. This, too, is another feminine, graceful wine with gorgeous length and a polished, harmonious personality. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-red. Much darker aromas than those of the Rosso di Montepulciano: black cherry, dark plum, coffee and loam. Also shows more herb and tobacco notes in the mouth, to go with chunky, ripe dark berry and plum flavors. The long finish features chewy tannins and an earthy note of aromatic herbs. This is not my preferred style of sangiovese wine, as the perfume and red fruit character of the variety is overcome by darker fruit and earth tones. Still, this is a very well-made, supple wine."
International Wine Cellar
Smooth & Supple
Cheese > Hard, Pasta > Meat
Excellent wine. Pairs perfectly with hearty cheese and pastas. It drinks beautifully now, but I believe will hold for a few years. Very much enjoyed!!!
Smooth & Supple
Normally a solid wine, this year's vintage was a little off a bit.
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