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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  • 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


  • I'll add my welcome.  Auburn eh?  I know it well.  My old ... ... found some gems there.Montepulciano...nice.  I like Italian wine too, but Washington is hard to bea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello all,I am Shane. New here, thought I would say hi whilst savoring a nice montalpuciano de abruzzo! Have a lovely evening! S Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Azienda Agricola le Caniette Rosso Piceno Nero di Vite 2005

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... was produced entirely from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Masciarelli has been producing this offering since 1981. This is intentionally made Rosé produced from dedicated fruit. It has a beautiful ripe strawberry hue. Somewhat intense aromas of red fruit jump from the... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer


  • Contrada Vallone 2011

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    Beautiful Old World red that expresses the terroir of the Marche. I taste Italian tradition in every sip. Earthy leather on the nose, followed by a terroir-driven taste- leathery fruit through from the front palate to a juicy savoryness mid-palate through the finish. I'll take 2 Read More

    Wine review by zeiger


  • Fattoria la Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Red berry fruits, a tangy citrusy note with earthy overtones to a soft tannic edge that blends well with an acidic finish that a juicy, fruit tinged finish. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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