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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  • Santinumi Riserva Terre Dei Vestini DOC 2008

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    Wine review by docdom


  • I took my then-girlfriend, now-wife to Florence by way of Tuscany for our first ... bottles of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano made for a memorable trip. Unfortunately for me, a Valentine’s Day like that one is hard to top. But there is one thing we can do on Valentine’s Day, year after year, wherever we are: pick a really lovely bottle of sparkli... Read More

    From the article It's okay to buy value sparkling wine for Valentine's Day.


  • Evolution Big Time Red

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    Dusty and dry on the nose with strawberry and red currant aromas and a bit of smoke. This is expressive and ebullient on the palate with full acidity, ripe cherry and strawberry notes, sweet spice and a more brooding finish that's earthy and smoky. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. ... ... Big Time RedSangiovese, Montepulciano, SyrahDusty and dry on the nose with strawberry and red currant aromas and a bit of smoke. This is expressive and ebullient on the palate with full acidity, ripe cherry and strawberry notes, sweet spice and a more broodin... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • La Cacciatora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009

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    did not really like it... too bland Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Shsim, nice to see you dropping in.  I mentioned that Fonseca Periquita a ... find some more of this $5 Montepulciano di Abbruzzo that has become my go-to pizza wine.  Good with red sauced pasta, too.  Called Mille Fiore, probably a brand made for the US.  Simply, fruity, with the acid to work with tomato bases. The Bila Haut that costs in the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Wasn't syrupy to me.  Not like, oh, a lot of overdone cabs.  For ... lasagna, and I wanted cheap Montepulciano, so I bought a $10 Quattro Mani.  It was just great, fruity, delicious.  Nothing at all complicated, but satisfying purple legs that stained the glass, grapey taste that went on and on.  I've had lots of boutique wines from those oh-s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cupertinum Copertino Rosso Riserva 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2014

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    Strawberry and cranberry aromas with tart focused fruit and mineral earthiness on the nose with a pleasant floral character. Fresh, tart red fruit palate of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry with bright acidity and structured tannins, a creamy milk chocolate towards the finish with soft earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012

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    good Read More

    Wine review by calywa


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