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Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009

Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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Winemaker Notes

Garnet, tending toward brick-red with age. Intense aroma of violets. Full-bodied, warm and dry, mellowing with age.

The wine's "Nobile" appellation may well come from its "noble" grape components. Some historians, however, hypothesize that the name comes from the 17th century poet Francesco Redi, who described Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as "the king of all wines."

Cecchi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is particularly noteworthy for its robustness.  e wine's prestige is building in world markets and demonstrating just how brilliant Tuscan reds can be. Traditional fermentation of select grapes is followed by at least 2 years of aging before release.

Perfect with hearty stews, roasts and casseroles.

Critical Acclaim

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Wine Spectator

A suave, dark red, boasting black cherry, plum, tobacco and spice flavors. Harmonious and approachable now, with well-integrated, dusty tannins and a long finish. Drink now through 2018

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Cecchi

Cecchi

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Cecchi, , Italy
Cecchi
In 1893, after several years of experience as an assistant in the cellars of the most famous commercial vineyards in the area, Luigi Cecchi set up his own business as a wine taster and broker. His efforts were soon rewarded with success, extending beyond the region of Siena. Over the years, Luigi's other three sons, Mariano, Natale and Francesco started working with their father, and from 1919 onwards rapidly established their reputation in almost every region of Italy. In 1948, his son Luigi entered the company, due to his father's premature death. Since 1953 he has run the company himself.

In the 1970s, Cecchi moved to the borough of Castellina in Chianti, an area which has traditionally produced Chianti Classico. In its cellar, equipped with the latest technology, the final part of the production cycle is carried out. The fermentation operations are carried out at the four commercial vineyards distributed in famous DOC zones in Tuscany and Umbria: Villa Cerna in the Chianti Classico region, Castello di Montauto at San Gimignano, Val delle Rose near Grosseto, and Tenuta Alzatura at Montefalco, in Umbria. Since 2004, following the death of Luigi, his sons Cesare and Andrea, along with their mother Anita, have run the company with enthusiasm and passion.

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia...

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here—in the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to 140+ year old Shiraz vines.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes where they may benefit from cool breezes, particularly in the Eden Valley.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from...

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

NDF346316_2009 Item# 128119

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