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. 2014 Tiberio Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

    2014 Tiberio Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

    91 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    A true European, the Tiberio is medium-bodied and elegant with fine plum/cherry fruits and lovely savoury layers of coffee and underbrush. Nothing like the fruit-driven, export-style ...
    Elsewhere up to $26.99 Save $3 $23.99 a bottle
  2. 2011 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi

    2011 Di Majo Norante Don Luigi

    Rick’s Picks
    92 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    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 grape's home in Campagnia, comes this rich and ...
    Elsewhere up to $59.99 Save $5 $54.99 a bottle

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