Wine Tasting - New Releases of Italian Montepulciano d'Abruzzo|
August 14th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Italian Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, for inclusion on our list. Anthony Wagner of G. Housen, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a type of red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. The grape is however recommended for 20 of Italy's 95 provinces. Up to 10% Sangiovese is permitted to be added to the blend. It is typically a dry wine with soft tannins, and is therefore often consumed young. The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is classified as DOC and DOCG in Teramo (where it is officially called Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane). If aged by the winery for more than two years, the wine may be labeled "Riserva". This wine should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a Tuscan wine made from Sangiovese and other grapes, but not the Montepulciano variety. Montepulciano ripens late and has a tendency to favor producing large yields. The grapes can be plump with a low skin to juice ratio. Compared to most Italian varieties, Montepulciano has moderately low acidity and more mild (i.e. softer) than bitter edged tannins. Wine expert Oz Clarke describes Montepulciano as producing a "round, plummy and weighty red with ripe tannins, good acidity and a low price tag" . Jancis Robinson evaluates Montepulciano as a "promising variety" that produces smooth, drinkable wines that can improve for three or four years after vintage. But they tend to have a classic Italian rusticity that blossoms after it breaths for 30 minutes to an hour and is used to wash down just about any Italian food involving pasta, bread, tomatoes, game, beef, charcuterie, cheese, olive oil, garlic... you get the idea. Because of its softer tannins, it's a red wine that goes well with a wide range of vegetables, beans, and legumes. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Valle Reale, "Vigneto Vigne Nuove" 2012
Casal Bordino, "Reserva" 2007
Samael, "Poggio Anima" 2012
Antonio & Elio Monti 2007
Cantina Zaccagnini, "del Tralecetto" 2011
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