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Montepulciano

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Consistently enticing and enjoyable, Montepulciano enjoys great popularity throughout central and southern Italy and is gaining quite a following in many other parts of the world. Widely prolific in its homeland, Montepulciano is actually the second most planted red variety in Italy after Sangiovese, though it is most associated with the region of Abruzzo where it achieves its highest potential. A tiny bit grows in California, Argentina and Australia as well.

Tasting Notes for Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a dry, red wine. Dark and inky, Montepulciano brims with boysenberry, black plum and juicy tart cherry flavors. Typical aromas come in the form of berry pie, freshly cut Italian herbs, dark chocolate and licorice. It’s a full-bodied wine with fine to rustic tannins.

Perfect Food Pairings for Montepulciano

Historically this variety has been one to inhabit many pizzeria and cafe wine lists throughout central and into southern Italy, offering amazing value for everyday consumption. It is no doubt a perfect complement to a variety of other foods we are used to: barbecued brisket, meatloaf, Shepherd’s Pie and grilled portabella mushrooms. Think of it as the perfect alternative to Syrah, Petite Sirah or Malbec if you’re looking to broaden your horizons.

Sommelier Secrets for Montepulciano

The wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is actually not to be confused with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also the name of a village in Tuscany; Sangiovese grows there and is responsible for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The grape called Montepulciano grows in Abruzzo and makes the wine called Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

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  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
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    • Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Podere 2018  Front Label
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      • Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
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        • Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
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          • Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2016 Front Label
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            • Caldora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017 Front Label
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                • La Fiera Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
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                  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2015  Front Label
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                  • Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
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                  • Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016 Front Label
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                    • Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (OU Kosher) 2015 Front Label
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                      • Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016  Front Label
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                      • Cataldi Madonna Malandrino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
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