Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2012. Montupoli

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2012. Montupoli

Item #: L0214R2II
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Vineyard/Appellation: Abruzzo, Italy
Color: Dark purple
Nose: Earth, licorice and tart cherry
Palate: Leather and earth mixed with lots of berries
Finish: Concentrated, tannic with blackberry fruit
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016
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Our selection is produced by the Cantina Miglianico, which was founded in 1961, through the efforts of a daring group of vintners. In 1966, they produced their first vintage. Today, the winery includes about 300 growers and supervises over 1,200 acres of vineyards. The vineyards are consistently monitored, controlled and harvested at the optimal time with advanced vinification technologies.

In the constant search for total quality, Cantina Miglianico in recent years has invested millions for the modernization of the production facilities and is engaged in a project of converting and restructuring of its own vineyards to focus mainly on producing quality grapes.The grapes come from a hillside vineyard located southeast of Miglianico called Montupoli, from which the wine takes its name.

The Abruzzo is a wild and craggy region with small fishing hamlets along the Adriatic and pastures in the highlands. It is just due east of Rome on the Adriatic and is known for its full flavored cuisine to match its full flavored wines.

Until 1963, it was part of the Abruzzi region with Molise. The word Abruzzi hails from a time when the region was part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilians and the territory was administered as Abruzzo Citeriore and Abruzzo Ulteriore.

The site of the original town is occupied by the village of Pentima. It probably became part of Rome in the 4th century B.C., though it does not appear in Roman history before 90 B.C. It was at first adopted as the capital and seat of government of the newly founded state under the name Italia. It appears also as a fortress of importance in the Civil War, though it resisted Caesar's attack in 49 B.C. The war was lost, but the name Italia remained to eventually be adopted by all of Italy.

Our selection is one of the best examples of this wine we've tasted in years. You can actually taste the rugged mountain terrain in the wine. The dark color signals the rather intense flavors to come. The presence of the wine is worldly and would shine well with hearty game dishes like venison or wild boar.

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