Name of varietal: Montepulciano

Common synonyms: Cordisco, Cordiscio, Cordisio, Morellone, Primaticcio, Primutico

Parentage of the grape: indigneous to Abruzzo, Italy

History of the grape: Let’s first clear up some confusion: Montepulciano is a grape. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a wine made from the grape, in the region of Abruzzo. Montepulciano is also a village in Tuscany, that happens to be nowhere near where the grape is grown. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is the name of a wine that has absolutely no Montepulciano in it (it’s Prugnolo Gentile, the local name for Sangiovese). So why is a grape named for a village so far away from where it’s actually grown? No one knows.

What we do know is that Montepulciano, the grape, can be traced back to the region for centuries, with written history in 1793 making reference to it in the Abruzzo village of Sulmona. It had been commercially for at least 200 years before finally becoming the DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in Read more »

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  • La Cacciatora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2009


    did not really like it... too bland Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Shsim, nice to see you dropping in.  I mentioned that Fonseca Periquita a ... find some more of this $5 Montepulciano di Abbruzzo that has become my go-to pizza wine.  Good with red sauced pasta, too.  Called Mille Fiore, probably a brand made for the US.  Simply, fruity, with the acid to work with tomato bases. The Bila Haut that costs in the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Wasn't syrupy to me.  Not like, oh, a lot of overdone cabs.  For ... lasagna, and I wanted cheap Montepulciano, so I bought a $10 Quattro Mani.  It was just great, fruity, delicious.  Nothing at all complicated, but satisfying purple legs that stained the glass, grapey taste that went on and on.  I've had lots of boutique wines from those oh-s... Read More

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  • Cupertinum Copertino Rosso Riserva 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2014


    Strawberry and cranberry aromas with tart focused fruit and mineral earthiness on the nose with a pleasant floral character. Fresh, tart red fruit palate of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry with bright acidity and structured tannins, a creamy milk chocolate towards the finish with soft earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012


    good Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • I'll add my welcome.  Auburn eh?  I know it well.  My old ... ... found some gems there.Montepulciano...nice.  I like Italian wine too, but Washington is hard to bea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Hello all,I am Shane. New here, thought I would say hi whilst savoring a nice montalpuciano de abruzzo! Have a lovely evening! S Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Azienda Agricola le Caniette Rosso Piceno Nero di Vite 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... was produced entirely from Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Masciarelli has been producing this offering since 1981. This is intentionally made Rosé produced from dedicated fruit. It has a beautiful ripe strawberry hue. Somewhat intense aromas of red fruit jump from the... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer

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