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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005
Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005
(search item no. 96602)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 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:

Made from 95% Montepulciano and 5% Sangiovese.

Unfined and unfiltered to preserve all its fleshy fruit flavors, this wine has a dark inky color and intense aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry and herbs, followed by licorice, black pepper and smoke. Generous yet pure on the palate with ripe, round tannins, excellent structure and delicate acidity. Recommended with rich pastas, game, sausages, stews and grilled meats. The perfect barbecue wine.

90 Points

"Vivid blackberry, melted licorice, pepper, and herb characteristics along with a full-bodied, powerful yet pure, supple-textured style."
Wine Advocate

My Notes:

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.