Qualcosa di vecchio e qualcosa di nuovo (Something Old, Something New)

3 Dec

Two Montepulciano Wine Reviews!

First, a bang-for-the-buck you will enjoy that is easy to find:

Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2010

Billed on their label as America’s #1 Montepulciano (according to Neilsen 52-week Rating ending 4/2/11,) $8/bottle, I found this locally at The Wine Room of Forest Hills.


A light ruby color throughout, the nose has red and black fruit with some pepper. Cassis, black cherry and blackberry dominate the palate with hint of  spice and a bit of sulfur on the dry finish. I paired this for a family dinner with meat loaf and we finished the bottle in record time. At such a low price it offers a good deal. Seen available online for as low as $4/bottle it may be useful to know that the 2009 is the highest-rated vintage to date.

Here’s our second wine, a hard-to-find but mind-blowing treat:

Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 1997


The 1997 has a garnet color in the glass with the edges just starting to brown. Very notable nose of aging red fruit, dusty rose, and oak. In the mouth, this is a stunning wine, great balance of elements with reserved red and black fruit, moderate acidity and tannins, this offers a velvety experience similar to those of Margaux fame. The finish lingers with perfectly red plum and raspberry, saddle leather and earth.  $30/bottle, rare.

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Some Backstory for procuring the ’97: I purchased this when NYC’s Chambers Street Wines offered the remains of a private cellar “ready to drink” via internet. I scoured the offering, came up with ten bottles I wanted, and managed to procure five of them when I called. The kicker for me was the offering had bottles ranging as low as $15, with most in the $20-40 range. Of the bottles I bought, all are rated 90 points or above, have great reviews, and had hit the mark for prime time to consume.  I’m quite happy with this approach and will keep my eye peeled for similar offerings in the future, and for Dei Vino Nobile Riserva Montepulciano in general which usually sells in the high teens for recent or current vintages and routinely scores 91 from Robert Parker or  James Suckling. I plan to buy and cellar some more of this and see if I get similar results!

à votre santé!

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