Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011

And the TJ tastings continue!  This time it’s an inexpensive little red from south central Italy.

Winemaker:  Villa Cerrina
Wine:  Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Vintage : 2011
Appellation:  Abruzzo, Italy DOC
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  I found this to be a nice, plush yet sedate, light-bodied red wine.  The wine is a nice dark plum in the glass with black raspberry and spice in the nose.  Primary flavors were cherry and black raspberry with hints of spice.   Tannins are modest-to-moderate.  Alcohol is 13%, and acidity is good but less than in many reds which probably gives it the plushness previously mentioned.  When the bottle first opened, the cherry flavor seemed a bit tart, but it settled.  This was a pleasant first experience with the Montepulciano varietal.  I could see this being paired with chicken, turkey or pork (but nothing too spicy or with heavy sauces, I’d think).

Important:  I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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6 thoughts on “Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2011

  1. I tried this once when one of the guys in the wine area at TJ’s suggested this as a good, easy drinking wine. I couldn’t get myself to like it. There was something about it that didn’t work for me (I wish I remembered what it was). I am happy to see it worked for you, though! I really enjoy TJ’s Epicuro Salice Salentino…that is good stuff.

    • Look forward to trying the Epicuro Salice Salentino. Thx for the recommendation. I will say that though a pleasant experience, this Villa Cerrino isn’t going to become my house red. Nothing wrong with it at all, but there are so many bottles of wine left to try!

      • So true! Epicuro is selling four different wines at TJ’s, all $5.99 I believe. I like the gold label (the salice salentino) and the red label (I think that’s a primitivo). The silver and blue label I am not a fan of and stay away from. Looking forward to your reviews!

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  3. Trader Joe’s Villa Cerrina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is our house red! It’s the wine comfort food equivalent of mac and cheese. Maybe gourmet mac and cheese.

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