Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2007

This is a red table wine made from 100% Montepulciano grapes that are native to the Abruzzo region of Italy. Until recent times, many of the Montepulciano wines from Abruzzo have been of questionable quality and are characterized by cooked fruit flavors with very little distinction or pizzazz. The Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo represents a pleasant trend in wines coming from the Abruzzo region of central Italy. In the glass this wine has a deep ruby/purple color. Aromas of fresh cherries, tobacco and cocoa precede delicious flavors of black cherry, plum, fig and some earth. This is a medium bodied wine with smooth integrated tannins and vibrant acidity. This wine says “Italy” and will compliment any hearty pasta or flavorful aged cheese. This wine is available in the Seattle area for about $13.