Friday, October 26, 2007

Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2005 – Great Red Table Wine

The name seems similar but Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are two very different wines. While both wines are considered everyday wines, Nobile di Montepulciano is more structured and complex. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an simple IGT everyday wine. It seems to be made for the American market but is not the traditional fruit bombs one would normally associate with a young everyday wine. The price of Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is extremely interesting coming in at less than $10 a bottle. It is not the wine for the sophisticated wine drinker. It will not wow you at every sip but it is a great compliment for simple dishes including hamburgers or pizza.

Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo tells you it is not a cheap red wine right from the nose. Very forward, attractive aromas of spice, black raspberry, plum and sweet earth seem to jump out of the glass and give you a good preview of what’s going to hit your palate. In the mouth, this Monte is jammy (a lot of rich, ripe, jam-like flavors) upfront, with a smooth texture, and is balanced out nicely by good acidity and mild tannins. Some spice notes and earthy hints round out the ripe black raspberry finish, which is balanced and enjoyable.

Grape: Montepulciano

Color: Rich Velvet Red

Bouquet: Aromas of black cherries, kirsch liqueur, vanilla and earth

Flavor: Fruity, with flavors of cherry, raspberry and vanilla. The finish contains an interesting bite of green apples.

Alcohol: 13.5%

Serving Temperature: 16-18 c.

Glass: Red wine glass.

Aging: no more than 2 years

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Anonymous RennyBA said...

You know I always like the way you presents wine. I'm not an expert, but I love wine and your way of explaining it makes me even more curious.
If it wasn't for the fact that I'm invited to a Halloween Party in Oslo tonight (your welcome over to join us:-), I would have had pizza tonight!

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Renny Thank you. Perhaps it is my extensive experience as a consumer that you enjoy!

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