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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003
(search item no. 78706)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"This saturated dense purple-colored effort reveals a terrific bouquet of melted licorice, black pepper, smoke, and blackberries, good acidity, abundant fruit, and a medium to full-bodied, long finish. It is a tremendous wine for its price."
-Wine Advocate

Deep, inky color with an intense perfume of licorice, black pepper and smoke. Generous on the palate with ripe, round fruit, excellent structure and delicate acidity. Recommended with sausages, stews and grilled meats. A perfect barbeque wine.

Made from 95% Montepulciano and 5% Sangiovese in combination with other local varietals. The wine was vinified in tank and aged in large oak barrels for 6-12 months. Unfined and unfiltered, the wine has a dark inky color and an intense perfume of licorice, black pepper and smoke. This Montepulciano is generous on the palate with ripe, round fruit, excellent structure and delicate acidity.

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About Monti:

Monti is a small estate in the region of Abruzzo. Since its inception, the Monti family winery had been operated by brothers Antonio and Elio until Elio passed away in 2002. The brothers had always been traditionalists in the production of Abruzzo's noble varietal, Montepulciano.

The Monti estate is located near Teranio, approximately 100 miles east of Rome. Here the mix of southern sun and Adriatic winds create prime conditions for the practice of viticulture. They have successfully cultivated the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, a big, berry redolent fruit with moderate in tannin. All Monti wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation and are unfiltered. The red wines are aged in Slavonian oak, but it is bottle aging, not barrel aging that is the key to Montepulciano's greatness.