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Contempo

Contempo
2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb

Category: Regional Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10
Best Buy

Contempo
2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Game Lamb

Category: Regional Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint wafer, blueberries, and hint of menthol lozenge with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that shows nuances of roasted pecans, cocoa, cedar mulch, and tomato with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice dry, chewy Montepulciano that will shine at the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: chocolate mint wafer, blueberries, and hint of menthol lozenge
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of roasted pecans, cocoa, cedar mulch, and tomato
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Boar, Roast Leg of Lamb, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice dry, chewy Montepulciano that will shine at the table.

The Importer

BravoVino, Inc.

The Importer
1121 Military Cutoff Road, Ste C-350
Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
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Regional Montepulciano d Abruzzo

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a red wine from the Abruzzo region made exclusively from the Montepulciano grape. Often light purple in color with aromas of blackberry and other black fruits, most examples are medium-bodied with medium-weight tannins and distinctive black pepper and spice notes.

Most examples of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo are made by large cooperative producers; these wines are light and offer simple pleasure. Enjoy these wines young and fresh.

A handful of smaller producers have begun to craft more full-bodied, age worthy versions of this wine; many of these are aged in small oak barrels. The best examples from traditional producers can stand the test of time, as they drink well for twenty to thirty years.