Name of varietal: Montepulciano

Common synonyms: Cordisco, Cordiscio, Cordisio, Morellone, Primaticcio, Primutico

Parentage of the grape: indigneous to Abruzzo, Italy

History of the grape: Let’s first clear up some confusion: Montepulciano is a grape. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from the grape, in the region of Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also a village in Tuscany, that happens to be nowhere near where the grape is grown. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the name of a wine that has absolutely no Montepulciano in it (it’s Prugnolo Gentile, the local name for Sangiovese). So why is a grape named for a village so far away from where it’s actually grown? No one knows.

What we do know is that Montepulciano, the grape, can be traced back to the region for centuries, with written history in 1793 making reference to it in the Abruzzo village of Sulmona. It had been commercially for at least 200 years before finally becoming the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Read more »

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  • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012


    My first Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, was purchased at Trader Joe's. Slightly transparent in the glass and deep ruby in color. Red fruit on the nose. Lots of red fruit in the mouth with lots of acidity and has no sign of tannins. Not complex but easy to drink and enjoy. General thoughts; kissing cousin to Barbera and Beaujolais. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Canaletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2004


    bold and smooth, with a hint of pepper and oak. less fruit than I normally prefer, but very nice paired with steak. Read More

    Wine review by N S

  • Marchesi de Cordano Montepulciano Dabruzzo Aida 2009


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Leone d'Oro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009


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    Wine review by kurtfb

  • My rec is to forget it. The people making the wine licensed the name. The wine ... ... a good Cotes du Rhone or Montepulciano d'Abruzz Read More

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  • Marilyn Merlot is hardly something I'm interested in (although I love merlot).  I saw someone in Victoria has a collection of 12 bottles they were selling on Craigslist for $200 (including the metal rack).  Only a few of the bottles were empty.  Obviously, it is questionable that they were stored properly and I'd bet not.  But I was wondering if... Read More

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  • Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese. Cannaiolo Tuscany Montepulciano 2007


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    Wine review by BrettTheWise

  • Poliziano Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2009


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    Wine review by mberzell

  • Sangiovese is one of my favorite grapes. I probably consume more Sangiovese ... Fattoria del Cerro Rosso Di Montepulciano 14% $10 Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 90%, Mammolo 10% Deep and complex on the nose with an initial burst of leather and mineral followed by hints of thyme, toasted oak and nuts and dark berry fruit all topped with a hint o... Read More

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  • Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano 2011


    Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese) 90%, Mammolo 10% Deep and complex on the nose with an initial burst of leather and mineral followed by hints of thyme, toasted oak and nuts and dark berry fruit all topped with a hint of mint. Fairly rich and powerful with blast of plummy fruit early on the palate followed by dark cherry fruit, subtle mineral notes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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