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Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC
The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC covers red wines made from the Montepulciano grape (not to be confused with the city of Montepulciano in Tuscany) in the region of Abruzzo, in central eastern Italy. This is a warm climate, somewhat hot in the summer, ideal for ripening of this variety. The wines are generally medium-bodied, with either steel aging or some light oak aging, have dark color, moderate tannins and zippy acidity. For many year, these wines were quite rustic in nature, and while some versions from large cooperative producers still are, modern technology has resulted in more sleek, polished versions, aimed at today's consumers.

A Montepulciano d'Abruzzo must contain a minimum of 85% Montepulciano; Sangiovese is a common variety used in blending. There is no minimum aging requirement for this wine, with the exception of a riserva, which must be aged for at least two years, with six months in wood, before release to the market.

Generally, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a medium-bodied, ripe, forward wine for enjoyment with heartier foods; most versions are meant to be enjoyed quite young. (Wine/Appellations)