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).
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