Montefresco Winery, so named for its ideal position on a hill cooled by constant breezes, produces great wines from classic Italian varieties. Montepulciano from the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy between the Apennines and the Adriatic - not to be confused with the Sangiovese that comes from Montepulciano in Tuscany- is a native Italian grape and the second most-planted grape in the country. This is a wine that represents the place it comes from: deeply colored, bold, rustic, and food-friendly wine.
Abruzzo gets hot so the aforementioned breezes are essential to the character of these wines. These grapes were harvested in late September and the vinification process sees the must left on the skins for 4-8 days in order to extract the vibrant red hues in the glass, followed by fermentation in tanks place for 8-10 days at 25 degrees Celsius. The wine is cellared for one year before bottling.
This wine is vibrant and bold in the glass with aromas of red fruit, violets, and dried herbs. On the palate it is medium bodied with moderate acidity and there are prominent flavors of ripe cherry and red plum. The finish has a hint of sweet spice and clinging tannins. Montepulciano is famous for going well with pizza or pasta but this one deserves attention alongside meat dishes like pork shoulder, burgers, beef bolognese, and brisket and can withstand seasonings such as oregano, thyme, sage, cumin, chipotle, and even balsamic vinegar.