Friday, November 19, 2010

Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Producer: Spenelli
Region: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Vintage: 2008
Price: $12
Description: This is a simple wine but it is tasty.  Look for blackberry, grassy notes with a little bit of mint mixed in.  It's medium in body, high in acid with a bunch of tannin.  Probably best if paired with food, maybe spaghetti and tomato sauce or something along though lines.  I'll give this wine a B- but B for the price.

A little extra:
If Italy as a wine making country were a person it would have a serious case of ADD.  There are so many different regions and grapes grown here that it is tempting to avoid the country all together.  Knowledge of the country can help a little, but it is still an outrageously confusing country.  Only in the past half century or so did Italy even decide to start exporting good quality wine: the bastards used to keep it all to themselves!  The wine I drank tonight is from Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.  Montepulciano is the grape, Abruzzo is the place.  Wine from this region is typically pretty good quality and relatively cheap.  This wine didn't dazzle my palate but for the price it was pretty good and easy drinking.  Pick up a bottle from this region next time you happen across one and chances are it will impress.

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