Montepulciano

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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  • Tenuta Cocci Grifoni Rosso Piceno Superiore Vigna Messieri 2008

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    Wine review by Popmuseum


  • Valdipiatta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011

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    Dark smoke and toast showing on the nose with dark berries and a whiff of tomato leaf. This comes out strong in the mouth with candied plum and cherry fruit, strong tannins and a warming palate of toast and baking spice. Towards the finish the tannins are gripping and there's a licorice note with a slight herbal hint of medicine and more earth. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Di Majo Norante Ramitello 2011

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    I have been a fan of di Majo Norante for some years (Molise, Italia) and have ... ... provenance (the rest is Montepulciano). The nose is distinctly blueberry dominant with a hint of sweet red licorice whip. The entry is elegant, quite smooth, dominated by blueberry and a touch of anise; the finish is tannic with a ghost of bitter (unsweeten... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ruffino Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Lodola Nuova 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... rich, soft, harmonious, red Montepulciano D’Abruzzo to complement this pastas bold flavors. Recipe 6: Basic Pomodoro Sauce:1 large can of San Marzano DOP tomatoes (2.2kg)2 large yellow onions6 ounces extra virgin olive oil10 leaves of fresh basil Salt and freshl... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One


  • Nicodemi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013

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    This is a really nice light wine that is great alone or with mild food. The price is great for how smooth the wine is. This would be a good wine for someone moving into reds from whites Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Apollonio Copertino 2007

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    Wine review by PREP


  • Unless you bought them with aging potential in mind, a fair few of your 2013 ... the occasional Sangiovese or Montepulciano D'Abruzzo. I didn't think I was ready for the big-hitters, but then I met this guy. Valle dell'Acate Tenuta Ibidini, Nero d'Avola. I know what you're thinking, I was too. How can Nero d'Avola be a transitional wine? When ... Read More

    From the article Summer Fall Transition Wines Under $20


  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2013

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    Wine review by Vintage GB


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