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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 2018  Front Label
    Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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        Montepulciano from Molise, Italy
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      • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
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        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
        Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • La Valentina Bellovedere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva 2015  Front Label
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          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • La Fiera Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
          La Fiera Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2016 Front Label
          Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2016
          Montepulciano from Marche, Italy
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          • Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019  Front Label
            Valle Reale Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019
            Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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            • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2016  Front Label
              La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2016
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            • Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
              Fantini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
              Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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