MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO DOC
Production area and denomination
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is the most representative wine of Abruzzo region, in east – central Italy. Montepulciano is the name of a grape and it should not be confused with Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a completely different wine made with Sangiovese grape in the city of Montepulciano – Tuscany
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC is produced in all four provinces of Abruzzo: L’Aquila, Chieti, Pescara and Teramo from vineyards located on hills or flat lands. For best results, altitude of Montepulciano vineyards shouldn’t be higher than 500 metres above sea level.
tasting Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC is a deeply colored wine. If young it’s ruby red with purple reflexes. It become Garnet red after long ageing.
Typical aromas are blackberries, cherry, plums, black pepper, and spice notes. In mouth is gentle and smooth, due to the low acidity and soft tannins. The most complex wines have earthy notes and syrupy mouthfeel.
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is usually drunk young. It can also bear long ageing, but usually it doesn’t evolve too much. The result is that even after 10 years the product is almost the same, fresh and with a full body.
It gives his best together with grilled meat (beef, lamb, pork), pasta with rich sauce and medium aged cheeses
It should be drunk in a medium size glass at 16-18°C