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

  • We are looking for great values, and you can find them from just about every ... ... between 35% and 85% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  blended with between 15% and 50% Sangiovese, allowing for the additional inclusion of other black skinned varieties allowed in the region. On the other hand Rosso Conero is a minimum of 85% Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ... Read More

    From the article Value Southern Italians $15 and Under

  • Malacari Rosso Conero 2009


    Has a bit of ammonia on the nose that is off putting followed by dark, ashy fruit. Whats with the ammonia? Medium full on entry with lots of blackberry framed plummy fruit on the palate supported by small yet drying tannins. Theres no over ammonia in the mouth and this is rustic, chunky and a bit chewy on the palate in a pleasant way with slight... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno Superiore 2012


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Zaccagnini Tralcetto 2010


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    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

    From the article A Case for Montepulciano

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