Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Italian Wine Series: The Wines of Abruzzo
Whites: Trebbiano (Bombino)
Reds: Montepulciano d'Abbruzzo
Located 150 miles east of Rome, Abruzzo is a dry mountainous region, while its proximity to the sea makes for great growing conditions... producing wines like Montepulciano and Trebbiano, which are the native Abruzzi workhorses. The people from this area were always known to work hard, and it's no wonder they produce such a great value in their wines. Abruzzo deserves credit for greatly improving the quality of their wines.
Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is often confused with the Montepulciano from Tuscany that is technically Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and usually a Sangiovese blend.
My pick in the $20 range
Gran Sasso Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Colline Teramane 2004 DOCG