Montepulciano

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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  • Ercolani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2004

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    Fantastic Brunello. This was brought back from a trip to Italy several years ago and has been resting comfortably. L's B-day along with Moms' day prompting opening this. Opened a few days a head of time, this poured out a bit brickish in color. Some nice dark fruit on the nose along with just a hint of smoke. On the palate there's plenty of blac... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore Montetinello 2010

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    Very good Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • One of my favorite "daily" wines is a Montepulciano D'abruzzo.  Its only $6.99 a bottle and absolutely amazing for that price point.  Red fruit forward with a little earthiness to it... Cherry, strawberry and a little spice.  Amazing with a number of different items.  Available here at Vinovin Online Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • La Quercia Montepulciano 2012

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    Organic wine with plump body and raspberry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Friso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Liked it a lot. Read More

    Wine review by vermouth22


  • You can't make shirts with it, but wine definitely tastes better with ... ... for grapes such as Italian Montepulciano and Spanish Tempranillo that are more likely to do well on Texas soil than delicate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” Campoy wrote. Ambitious as they are, the state's winemakers are aware of their shortcomings, Texas wine author Rus... Read More

    From the article Cowboy Country Class: Texan Farmers Turn To Grapes


  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an ... ... and new grapes, such as Montepulciano, are being tested here.  Today, North Carolina has over 100 wineries -- the industry is growing so quickly that even the state Department of Agriculture admits it has a hard time keeping count. The state ranks 10th in the nati... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina


  • Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo San Clemente 2011

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    Had at Victor's Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Emark - you got it. If they have Zinfandel, they shouldn't also list it by ... by ... who is making a good Montepulciano! He does Aglianico too but his Montepulciano is seriously drinkable.As far as Grignolino, good catch. I don't know why it's not on the list except that maybe there's just so little of it? Which as far as I'm concerned, is n... Read More

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  • OK, I'll put this one here, since it is produced form a blend of two grape ... ... list, above:  Montepulciano and Aglianico: Also, I should mention that this is another Costco Selezione.I have never heard of the Molise DOC, but, then again, I am definitely not the most worldly wine drinker.  This one hit my sweet spot by not blasting me in t... Read More

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