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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  • Sangiovese

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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo on Snooth

  • Fattoria la Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Red berry fruits, a tangy citrusy note with earthy overtones to a soft tannic edge that blends well with an acidic finish that a juicy, fruit tinged finish. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Cantina Zaccagnini Sangiovese Blend Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Cerasuolo 2012

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    Clean on palate. Good choice. May need to breathe Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Yesterday was great.  I attended two wine tasting events; the first with VinoVino up in Reston VA at The Wine Cabinet, and the second one later in the afternoon at a friends house nearby.  More on that second one a bit later today.  For now though, VinoVino and I met at the wine shop since he was up in this area for a family event and of course ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Gianni Masciarelli Montepulciano Dabruzzo Classica Case of 6 Bottles 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by cjdarr


  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Wine review by angem55


  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Chronicon D.o.c. Zaccagnini Itália Abruzzo 2005

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    This is one of my favorite go to wines when serving pasta. It's rich and a little dry and pairs so well with hearty pasta or even meat dishes. Read More

    Wine review by Caligirlintpa


  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Farnese Fantini Montepluciano d'Abruzzo 2013

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    Mariano's 8/2015. Revisited this old favorite varietal, that I used to acquire by the case, before I fell into the "so many wines, so little time" mode. It's ability to bring the confusion(?) of tastes normally associated with more tannic cellared reds is but one reason why I like it. Oh, and the price tag, too. Superb with spaghetti and my four... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Jasci & Marchesani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zonin Montepulciano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1995

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    Wine review by milan101


  • 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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