Rosso di Montepulciano, Avignonesi
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Rosso di Montepulciano, Avignonesi - 2020

Item # 25618 750mL

Crushed red fruits and a touch of musk mingle in ripe harmony on this Italian red. The aromas are delicate, while roughened acidity means this pairs very easily with a wide range of tomato-sauced pastas and pizzas. A light touch of cedary spice as a backnote reminds one it has had four months of used barrel contact.

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All I have to say is YES!!! What a fantastic wine. A true Rosso di Montepulciano that strives for greatness. A bright, focused yet firm, super food-friendly (yet very quaffable) wine. With notes of sour cherry, hibiscus, pencil shavings, cedar and strawberry, it is a truly noble wine with an aristocratic heritage. This just calls out for a rare steak or a tomato-based dish with a lot of herbs!

- OW



A clone of the great Sangiovese grape, used to make the famed Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red wine of Tuscany. Typically blended with up to 20% other varieties (traditionally Canaiolo). These wines often posses an almost sandy soil tone. Common tasting notes include herbs, chocolate, and both fresh and dried red fruits on the palate. The aromatics of Prugnolo express a more floral side of Sangiovese; the wines tend to show impressive balance, even upon release, which allows them to be consumed...

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Also called Canaiolo Nero, this black grape is cultivated in Italy, but not as widely as in years past. After the 19th century's phylloxera epidemic, Canaiolo vines proved difficult to graft onto healthy rootstock, so it was grown much less. Today there are still pockets of Canaiolo vineyards throughout Tuscany, and it is an allowed ingredient in Chianti - in fact, in the 18th century it was even more crucial to the character of that beloved blend than Sangiovese.


When you think of Tuscan wine, think of Sangiovese, the grape that is common to most great Tuscan reds (Vernaccia is the only white wine made here). Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most complex expressions of Sangiovese, has the best aging potential. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows the softer side of the grape, containing up to 20% of other varieties. Young Chianti often smells of fresh fruit and herbs, while Chianti Classico Riserva can be dark and brooding. The term “Super Tuscans”...

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