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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 Marina Cvetic Iskra 2011 Front Label
    Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Iskra 2011
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Carletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
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    • Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
      Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2011 Front Label
        Garofoli Rosso Conero Piancarda 2011
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        • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
          La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • Folonari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
            Folonari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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            • Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
              Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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            • Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011  Front Label
              Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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              • Cerulli Spinozzi Torre Migliori Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                Cerulli Spinozzi Torre Migliori Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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                • Cantina Valle Tritana Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                  Cantina Valle Tritana Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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                  • Villa Medoro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Rosso del Duco 2011 Front Label
                    Villa Medoro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Rosso del Duco 2011
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                    • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2011 Front Label
                      La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2011
                      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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                      • Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                        Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
                        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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                        • Marramiero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Inferi Riserva 2011 Front Label
                          Marramiero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Inferi Riserva 2011
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                          • Barba Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vasari 2011 Front Label
                            Barba Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vasari 2011
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                            • Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riparosso 2011 Front Label
                              Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riparosso 2011
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                              • Placido Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Primavera 2011 Front Label
                                Placido Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Primavera 2011
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                                • Terre Forti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                                  Terre Forti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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                                  • Azienda Agricola Nicola di Sipio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                                    Azienda Agricola Nicola di Sipio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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                                    • Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio Rosso di Montepulciano Dogana 2011 Front Label
                                      Fattoria di Palazzo Vecchio Rosso di Montepulciano Dogana 2011
                                      Montepulciano from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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                                      • Marchesi de Cordano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Aida 2011 Front Label
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                                        • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011  Front Label
                                          Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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                                          • Azienda Vitivinicola Pietrantonj Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Etichetta Nera 2011 Front Label
                                            Azienda Vitivinicola Pietrantonj Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Etichetta Nera 2011
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                                            • Azienda Vinicola De Luca Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DiRe 2011 Front Label
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                                              • Pasetti Vini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Front Label
                                                Pasetti Vini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011
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