A cheapo bargain wine from the Lidl supermarket chain. For a table wine retailing at only 1.69€ a bottle it is not bad. The fact that it is cheaper then a bottle of cola is just amazing. There is not much of a nose on this wine but once on the palate there is some good juices offset with a mild tannin note. There is almost a smokey Scotch (Whisky) finish note to this wine which I found very nice, especially because the middle is rather flat with only a slight young yellow plum sneaking in.
Bottled by V.E.B., Loc. Colombara, 5 – 37011 Bardolino – 1 – Italy
About Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo was designated as a DOC in 1968. It covers most of Abruzzo ranging from Molise in the south, the Marche in the north and inland against the Apennines Mountains. The wines are at least 85% Montepulciano with Sangiovese permitted, but not required, at up to 15%. The Riservas need to be aged a minimum of two years before release, with at least 6 months of that in wood.
The Montepulciano grape is quite prolific. The Montepulciano grape grows easily in Abruzzo. It is plump with high amounts of juice. In an area this poor, this has been a boon to farmers wishing to take advantage of high yields. Unlike most other varietals, this grape makes nice wine even when produced in large quantities. The grape has a deep purple and ruby color to its juice. It has lower acidity (especially for an Italian varietal) and mild sweeter tannins. The resulting wines tend to be softer and more accessible than Chianti or Nebbiolo for example. Accordingly, the young wines are nice pleasurable reds that go as well with food as without it.