We’re sticking with the theme of classic Italian wines to drink with spaghetti. At least that’s what I always think of when it comes to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, with a production zone that reaches into all four Abruzzo provinces. Similar to Chianti, there is a specific designation which can be applied to certain wines produced in the province of Termano, called Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG (Colline Teramane means ‘hills of Teramo’). As with other Montepulciano d’Abruzzos, this wine usually has a deep red color and is often nice and juicy on the palate. These wines also tend to be a little softer and more complex than regular Montepulciano d’Abruzzos and must be made from at least 90% Montepulciano, with up to 10% Sangiovese completing the blend. This is a great go-to wine if you’re looking for a classic Italian pairing, especially if you’re not ready to spring for a $40 Barolo or Barbaresco.
This bottle comes from Azienda Agricola (which roughly translates to ‘farm’ and is often used to refer to an Italian winery) Cerulli Spinozzi, which is a member of the Banfi family of wines (as was our Chianti Classico, and probably more to come). This particular bottling is called Torre Migliori (which translates to ‘Best Tower’, though I’m just relying on Google Translate for that one).
Deep red in color, this wine definitely calls to mind the rustic Italian countryside. The nose has notes of cherry and blackberry, with maybe a hint of cedar. It is nice and juicy on the palate and carries flavors of vibrant cherry and plum. The body has some nice acidity to it and it ends with a pretty smooth finish, with a lingering hint of spice. It went quite well with the spaghetti I had with it (of course).