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).

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