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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Montepulciano on Snooth

  • Terre Valse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    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

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    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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montepulciano D Abruzzo Sciarpa 2010

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    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


  • Capestrano Montepulciano Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    A bit buttery and a bit acetic on the nose with aromas that are slightly earthy and flat. This is simple and fresh in the mouth with a delicate texture that is lean and very pretty. A simple wine that delivers attractive black berry inflected cherry fruit with juicy acids and taut little tannins with a modest finish. This could take a bit of a c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    Jammy black berry fruits and a little forest floor greet the nose followed by hints of peppery beef jerky and dried cranberries. Polished in the mouth, this lacks a bit of oomph when it comes to the nice if subtle array of wild berry and slightly balsamic flavors. The acid is well covered and the tannins sufficiently sweet and supporting the mod... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Arboreto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Very pretty on the nose with hints of blue fruit, dried flowers, a bit of a meaty edge and some peppery background notes. Focused in direct in the mouth, this shows off early flashes of blue fruits before settling down with some spicy black berry and black plum flavors. its in a leaner style with good acids and soft tannins, but what is really a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Renato Romagnoli il Rosso di Casa Romagnoli Marche IGT Rosso 2011

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    Montepulciano: 70%, Sangiovese: 25% Lacrima: 5% Spicy on the nose and quite floral with the spicy notes of lacrima being quite pronounced and layered over a base of raspberry and tea aromas. A touch sweet on entry, this is well balanced and fairly complex on the palate with hints of jellied berry fruits and a touch of peachy sweetness yielding ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Grapey and fresh on the nose with hints of balsamic herbs and blackberry fruit showing streaks of dark, oily minerals. medium plus bodied and rather raw on entry, this shows off bright acids and small if stiff tannins on the palate supporting lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit. Theres a touch of extra weight here that should resolve with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

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    A touch stemmy on the nose which shows a hint of pencil lead and quite perfumed bay leaf aromas. Smooth, a touch matte and with a hint of richness on the palate, this delivers a nice mouthful of slightly spicy black cherry fruit supported by lovely austere little tannins. Its not a complex wine but one that shows off good purity and intensity to... Read More

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  • Italo Pietrantonj Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Dark, leathery and spicy on the nose with hints of paprika and caraway adding ... that one typically finds in Montepulciano. The palate is lively and transparent with light fruit that sits firmly in the dry, black end of the spectrum. The acid is well integrated here and the tannins fairly polished yet still firm. finishing with good focus to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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