DeAngelis Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2019: Abruzzo, Italy
Region/History Notes: For the last year, the only Montepulciano (pronounced mont-eh-pull-chi-AH-no) I have featured has been from the lesser known region of Marche, Italy (to the North of Abruzzo) and is blended with Sangiovese. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is actually the region and style that put the grape on the map though! Known for its easy-drinking and crowd-pleasing style, you can now usually find this type of wine on any Italian wine list or wine shelf. While they are not known for being the most elegant or sophisticated wines, they are charmingly rustic and food friendly.
I have now featured EVERY WINE that this producer has available in the US! There are very few producers that I trust this much especially in this price range, but they knock it out of the park. This boutique producer does everything 100% organically and has vineyards on the Abruzzo side and the Marche side (just south of Abruzzo) of the border. I love their Montepulciano and I am excited to share it with you.
Tasting Notes: Every Montepulciano should have chewy, smoked plums with a smoky finish and this wine has it in spades. This is my Stromboli wine, my pair with all the leftovers wine, my grilled ham sandwiches wine, and my drink-it-because-I-need-a-glass-of-red wine!