2011 was a good year for Valle Reale in Abruzzo., very similar weather to 2007. The Sant’Eusanio vineyard is a small patch nestled among pine woods. At 497 m it is the highest zone in Valle Reale, this helps with the large diurnal swing. The vines were planted in 2002 in soil that is poor and pebbly This produces a unique “mountain expression” of Montepulciano with high acidity and fresh, slightly lighter fruit than expected. This bottle was opened 2 days ago, still has lots of acidity, cherry, a little spice and herbal notes. This vintage should be good for another 5-7 years and represents a good bargain.
#montepulcianodabruzzo #vallereale #SantEusanio #italianredwine #abruzzowine #vinorosso #italianwines #PizzoloFamily #Popoli — 2 years ago
Tasted #vintage 2000 of this #harimann #montepulcianodabruzzo #wine from #Pasetti and it left me breathless. Balance and freshness with a bold, strong body. Alcoholic feel is well integrated. Silky on my sense. A different #abruzzo among my favourite tastings at #vinitaly2015 — 4 years ago
The other Italian red I picked up at PCC, it's a prime drinker for a nice Friday pasta night. The Montepulciano grape is Sangiovese's long lost brother, with slightly lower acidity with milder tannic character, and is often blended with Sangiovese. The d'Abruzzo DOC must be at least 85% Montepulciano. The DOC was established back in 1968 and resides on the east-central side Italy. Paired this bottle with a dish of Ditali Pasta in a saffron yellow tomato sauce, with roasted fennel and blood orange salad - and it paired wonderfully. Great price point too for a table red. ~$15 | #montepulcianodabruzzo #italianred
On the eyes: Deep, bright, concentrated, blood red-magenta, med stain, med tears, no gas/floc.
On the nose: Sour cherry, blood orange, cacao nibs, earthy. Med alcohol.
On the tongue: Med tannin, med+ acid, med alcohol, med body. Ripe blood orange, black cherry, hints of smoky oak on the finish. Not too complex, very serviceable red table wine. — 2 years ago
#redwine #italianwine #emidiopepe #montepulcianodabruzzo because of the 2001 vintage very little fruit is left but what ruby wine lacks in fruit it makes up for in tannins. If you don't like Very very dry reds, then avoid this one. this accompanied an incredible Italian dinner at marea, #marea #centralparksouth #newyork #nyc — 4 years ago