Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Chronicon D.o.c. Zaccagnini Itália Abruzzo 2005
Worked very well in and with a lamb ragu.
Cantina Zaccagnini’s signature look comes from the tying of a twig from a grape vine clipping around the neck of each bottle with a strand of raffia. The bone-colored label, devoid of any logos, seems classic in its presentation with only artistic, scratchy script outlining the origins and details of bottle’s contents. The Montepulciano sparkles with an intense dark ruby color and appears almost black in the depth of the glass. The aroma is uplifting with fruit as black as its appearance suggests. The nose only hints of, and departs from, the signature earth and leather characteristics of many other Italian wines, with an almost dusty, reigned-in aroma that steers clear of the newer, more vibrant winemaking techniques of California and Australia. A tasty medium-bodied red, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, and plum, and pronounced spicy vanilla ebbs and flows. The tannins are subtle and clean, and the mouth-feel is neither tart, astringent, or overly drying. Underlying flavors of leather, cracked pepper, and dried herbs add layers of complexity in an amazingly easy-to-drink red. The rich bouquet of flavors lingers long in the mouth with an almost refreshing quality, quite opposite to what the deep rich appearance might lead you to expect. my blog: http://corksandcaftans.wordpress.com/category/corks/
Starts with a nice cherry nose with hints of leather and bramble. Well balanced, acidic food friendly wine with bramble and heather flavors. Finishes on dry tannins. Worked very well with steak and chimichurri sauce.
Check out my review for this bargain favorite: http://enotheque.blogspot.com/2008/01/cantina-zaccagnini-montepulciano.html
..part of House Wine's Italian flight, all of which we liked quite a bit.
Deep ruby color with a dry smell, lots of cherry flavors on the palate.
dark cherry flavor, not too dry, perfect for dinner party