2006 Giuliano Vigna Vecchia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

SKU #1094737

This wine is a powerhouse. It is aged in French barriques for 18 months; that's where the powerful and sometimes rustic Montepulciano grape is softened and polished, producing a blockbuster. This is the pure fruit character of the Montepulciano grape: dense, powerful layers of dark cherries and berries, but still a little sauvage character to remind you this is a rugged wine. On the palate the wine is just an explosion of fruit but as it is subsiding the wine's structure takes over. Supple tannins and tremendous balance give this wine a freshness and length that offer a long life. Most of you, however, will just enjoy the ebullient fruit and superb drinkability of the wine now and run right out to your barbecue and fire up some baby back ribs, Italian sausage (I love grilled sausage with roasted red peppers) or a big old steak. The wine is also drinkable enough to have with pasta, especially lasagna. (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian buyer)

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2012 | Send Email
If you are a fan of California Cabernet but curious to branch out, here is a wine made from the Montepulciano grape that just might wine you over to the Italian side. Made from 40 year old vines and aged for eighteen months in French oak, this is big, powerful and rich, with layers of dark frutis, meaty spice and firm, earthy tannins. It begs for steak.

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