Montepulciano d’Abruzzo tends to be a soft, fruity and approachable wine. It’s less acidic than additional well loved Italian wines like Chianti and its tannins are bit sweeter. It is typically a “drink it now” type of wine. While there are some producers who make pricey bottles, there are plenty of value-priced ones available.
The first wine in this tasting comes from Farnese, a producer that’s been in wine building for over four centuries. Farnese was founded by Princess Marguerite of Austria, daughter of Emperor Carlo the fifth and wife to Prince Octavio Farnese. So you can tell yourself that you’re royalty when you drink this wine… that what I did.
This is a very approachable wine. It’s a small bit ancient world in it’s overall characteristics, but not too much. It has smoke and cherry on the nose and a touch of vanilla. The palate is a bit grapey. It’s soft, yet fascinating with smooth tannins, blackberry, cherry and a hint of black pepper. It is a excellent example of varietal character at a very excellent fee if you’ve never tried Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. I picked this bottle up for $6.99 and the rating came in at an 86—pretty excellent, but not extraordinary.
Varietal: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Fee Paid: $6.99
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