2012 Gianni Masciarelli Montepulciano D' Abruzzo
Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably its eastern Abruzzo, Marche and Molise regions. Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. This is not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany.
This classic, well-rounded Italian red has hints of plum, cherries, spice and licorice on the nose, with hints of black cherries, blackcurrant and a savoriness/earthiness on the palate. It has medium acidity, soft, spicy tannins and a long finish. A delicious drop that will go well with many earthy, flavorsome dishes.
Verdict: An excellent wine for its price, will go well with some classic Italian dishes, ex. pizza, Bolognese, or a juicy steak.