Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Wine

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The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC covers the whole of the eastern section of the entire Abruzzo region of Italy. Production of the wine is concentrated to the areas bordering the Marche to the north, the Molise to the south and the sections below the Appenines Mountains. Any farther west and conditions are too rough for viticulture. 
 
Before launching into production of the wine, a very important distinction must be mentioned: Here Montepulciano is the grape, whereas in Tuscany, it’s not the grape but the place (Vino Nobile di Montepulciano). General rule: if you see Montepulciano as the first word in a label name, it’s the grape, and probably from Abruzzo. If it’s the last, it’s probably made from Sangiovese and refers to the place in central Italy. 
 
The Montepulciano varietal has been flourishing in the Abruzzo since the 18th century, and the area became a DOC in 1968. It’s a plush, juicy grape that’s easy to cultivate, Read more »

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  • Jasci Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    Wine review by Numerien


  • The best thing to do would be try some.  Try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo or Chianti.  They should be pretty mellow.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help


  • Gran Conti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Smooth drinking, well balanced with a bit of spice. Red fruit/blackberry balance. Not a lot of staying power in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Tralcetto 2011

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    Purchased this one from Jubilation Wine & Spirits - they have 2 racks of Wines with 90 ratings or more for $20 or less...Never tried a Montepulciano. Quite a delight, opens with a bit of baking spices, stewed plum and cherry, a touch of fruity chocolate and mineral. Very smooth, full in the mouth, medium dry, medium acidity, long finish. Perfect... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Capestrano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Campirosa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo Doc. Dino Illuminati 2012

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    I stumbled across this in a wine shop and bought two bottles. I am a big fan of rose' wine in the summer, because I like a chilled wine with a little more structure. It's rare to find Cerasuolo where I live. The wine is fruity, with lovely berry flavors but with some bitter almond too. Drank it with some fairly salty pasta and it was perfect. Read More

    Wine review by bropaul


  • DMCKER - Yes, I drink exclusively Calif. Pinots, such as Acacia Carneros, Cambria, Calera and Greg Norman.  Someday I'll get around to trying Meiomi and Flowers. I hate Willamette PNs.  They lack structure and flavor.  I tried a French PN recently and it wasn't fruit forward enough for me.  The only other Italian red I drink is Montepulciano d'A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vigna le Coste 2007

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    Wine review by Marin Danicic


  • Terre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    A bit stinky and reductive on the nose with a meaty, barnyardy character. Soft and voluptuous in the mouth though not heavy, this is a simple and slipy rustic, though not rough wine. Short and a bit coarse on the finish. Theres not much fruit here and in fact not much to like. 75pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Showing its age with notes of dried herbs and coffee grinds on the nose, lots of coffee in fact. Smooth, soft and at first easy going, this perks up a bit on the palate with some blue and raspberry flavors adding a bit of interest in the mouth. The acidity is a touch soft, and the tannins a bit soft but this has some fruit and savory notes on t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • bjr a touts vremment tres bon vin plus petit prix

    Comment by 1179773Polska Krupa 1179773 Polska Krupa


  • Much more... being a Sommelier too It is one of the best Italian red wines, disregarded for many years. Now thanks to excellent Producers like Masciarelli, Valntini, Pepe, etc, it is really a wine to be considered between 80 to 90 points. It depends from many factors. Thanks,regards Leonetto

    Comment by 836095leonetto 836095 leonetto


  • Just a small correction: the grape is not Sangiovese as you are stating. It is Montepulciano , similar to Sangiovese but NOT the same. In this case the grape gives its name to the wine Thanks

    Comment by 836095leonetto 836095 leonetto


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