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Gran Conti

Gran Conti
2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10

Gran Conti
2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Regional Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo

Date Tasted:
Country: Italy
Alcohol: 13%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of pickled forest berries, dark chocolate, and fine black tea with a satiny, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with suggestions of rhubarb with a hint of oak flavor. A lively, high-acid, rustic Montepulciano best for rich pastas.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: pickled forest berries, dark chocolate, and fine black tea
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of rhubarb
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Spaghetti Carbonara, Beef Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lively, high-acid, rustic Montepulciano best for rich pastas.

The Producer or Importer

Prestige Beverage Group

The Producer or  Importer
2300 Pilot Knob Road
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
USA
1 651-649-5823

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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.