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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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  • Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
    Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
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  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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    • Caldora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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      • Valle Reale Vigneto di Popoli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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        • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2009 Front Label
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          • Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
            Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
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          • Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
            Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
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          • Valle Reale San Calisto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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            • Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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              • Le Terrazze Rosso Conero 2009 Front Label
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              • Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
                Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009
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              • Pasetti Vini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Tenutarossa 2009 Front Label
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                • Lisabella Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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                  • Azienda Agricola Nicola di Sipio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2009 Front Label
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                    • Cascina del Colle Negus Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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                      • Barba Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vigna Franca 2009 Front Label
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                        • Antonio ed Elio Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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                          • Collefrisio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vignaquadra 2009 Front Label
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                            • Casal Thaulero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Orsetto Oro 2009 Front Label
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                              • Collefrisio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Uno 2009 Front Label
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                                • Tollo 'Colle Secco Rubino' Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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                                    • Tollo 'Colle Secco'  Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2009 Front Label
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                                      • Marramiero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Inferi Riserva 2009 Front Label
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                                        • Citra Bisanzio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009 Front Label
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