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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  • Zaccagnini Tralcetto 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by kimberlyaurora

  • Capestrano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

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


    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, ... ... other Italian red I drink is Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.  Cantina Zaccagnini is always on my wine rack.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report

  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle of Seghesio Sonoma '12.  I decantered it for 1 hour and ate it with spaghetti w/tomato-basil sauce.  The wine was dominated by the alcohol -- 14.8% -- and while I tasted black fruit and a very interesting roasted sage note on the mid-palate, the alcohol drive of the wine ma... Read More

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  • Barone Cornacchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Vigna le Coste 2007


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    Wine review by Marin Danicic

  • We tend to spend an awful lot of our time running around looking for things. We ... value check out wines like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. We’re talking $10 bottles that rock! So what are we talking about when we’re talking about Montepulciano d’Abruzzo? For starters not a lot of oak, it’s just too expensive and the grape doesn’t work that well wi... Read More

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  • Terre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012


    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


    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

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  • Montepulciano D Abruzzo Sciarpa 2010


    Rather animale and wildly herbal on the nose which shows the gamier more herbal nature of the grape. A bit lean on the palate with the fruit obviously fading. This relies on its acid today with the tannins also having softened and while there are attractive wild berry, berry black, black currant and aromatic herb notes on the backend, this comes... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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