Zonin Classici Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC: Wine Woman Pick

Zonin Classici Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC

Price: ¥118

Italy-national-flagMontepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It was granted DOC status in 1968. In the late 20th and early 21st century, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo earned a reputation as one of the most widely exported DOC wines in Italy. It is typically dry with soft tannins and often consumed young.

Bright, warm ruby-red colour. Broad bouquet, with well-defined scents of bitter almonds against a faint background of wild berries. Smooth flavour, full-bodied with notable personality and outstanding persistence.

Food Matching: Ideal to enjoy with red meat dishes, or with spicy meat dishes.

March 2012: Fantastically impressed with this last W/E at a dinner party. The Montepulciano gave a very good account of itself as the third wine. It stood up very well in fact to the Barbera D’Asti and was more popular than that wine, I think, and as a precursor to the Barbaresco, it was fabulous. And the Beef Bourguignon was certainly enhanced by it presence. Trouble was, we had opened 3 Barbarescos, so they took the limelight among the assembled guests.

March 2012: Vintage 2011. Always a pleasure to return here which seems to be about every 4 months. Any season is fine as the lower tannins ease the drinker into just about any circumstance. The wine made for a very smart pairing with home made Tagliatelle with meat and tomato sauce last week. Bright acidity, warm Mediterranean tones and plummy/cherry flavours. Just saying the name is evocative. Easy going to a fault and well worth the lower than expected price tag. 16 pts.


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