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Umani Ronchi Jorio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008

Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep ruby red, recalls plums and red cherries on the nose, followed by balsamic and salty notes on a background of ripe liquorice. With eloquent and clean tannins in the mouth, it comes across as full and vigorous, with a long and intense finish.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The estate's 2008 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Jorio is a big, rustic wine loaded with dark fruit, herbs and new leather, all supported by firm tannins. The Jorio is a touch rustic, but has more than enough depth and sheer character to compensate for some of its shortcomings. I have a slight preference for the 2008 over the 2009 here. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
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Umani Ronchi

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Umani Ronchi, Abruzzo, Italy
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Since the beginning of its history, the Azienda Vinicola Umani Ronchi has distinguished itself as a great producer of two of the most popular wines in the Marche region, Verdicchio and Rosso Conero. Massimo Bernetti, who since the 1990s has been joined in the management of the company by his son, Michele, has refurbished the winery in Osimo, Marche, renovated the vineyard stock and created wines which have garnered international praise. Still, Bernetti is not yet satisfied and insists on continuing to work to enhance his product. This translates into serious work in the vineyard and the adoption of the most advanced techniques of cultivation and vinification.

A warm, Mediterranean vine-growing paradise, in Abruzzo, the distance from mountains to seaside is relatively short. The Apenniness, which run through the center of Italy, rise up on its western side while the Adriatic Sea defines its eastern border.

Wine composition tends to two varieties: Abruzzo’s red grape, Montepulciano and its white, Trebbiano. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can come in a quaffable, rustic and fruity style that generally drinks best young. It is also capable of making a more serious style, where oak aging tames its purely wild fruit.

Trebbiano in Abruzzo also comes in a couple of varieties. Trebbiano Toscana makes a simple and fruity white. However when meticulously tended, the specific Trebbiano d’Abruzzo-based white wines can be complex and long-lived.

In the region’s efforts to focus on better sites and lower yields, vine acreage has decreased in recent years while quality has increased.

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.

In the Glass

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 Pairings

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, meatloaf 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 Secret

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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