While some Italian reds feel light and dry, Montepulciano appeals to the New World palette being a touch richer - dark coloured with juicy and sometimes jammy plum-fruit. As a late ripener it grows right across Italy’s warm mid-section - it is Italy’s second most planted red - with its most famous examples from Abruzzo on the Adriatic coast (Montepulciano d’Abruzzo). Though perhaps Italy’s answer to the similarly appealing internationalised variety Merlot, Montepulciano’s few New World producers are still working on market recognition. Montepulciano may be genetically related to the Tuscan grape Sangiovese but confusingly it has no direct relation to the namesake town of Montepulciano - around which, being Tuscany, only the local Sangiovese and no Montepulciano is grown.


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  1. 2015 Cornacchia Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

    2015 Cornacchia Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A fresh and bright-fruited Montepulciano from a quality traditional producer, who now uses organic methods. Cornacchia's vineyard soils are stony and calcerous, which makes them well-drained in ...
    $21.99 in mixed 6+ or $24.99 per bottle
  2. 2011 Cornacchia Montepulciano Vigna De Coste

    2011 Cornacchia Montepulciano Vigna De Coste

    91 Points John Caro
    A fine and food-friendly Montepulciano D'Abruzzo of 'reserve' level from an organic single vineyard. Classic dark plum and chocolate characters remain elegant and focused, with a fine structure ...
    $29.99 in mixed 6+ or $33.99 per bottle
  3. 2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi

    2012 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi

    Rick’s Picks
    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    Reduced to clear- out it goes. Limited stock. A rich beauty, this is the flagship red from star producer Di Majo Norante. From the border lands of Molise and Abruzzo, and near the Aglianico ...
    Elsewhere up to $59.99 Save $15 $44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

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