Thursday, October 1, 2009


The Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2007 is another great value red from the folks at Vias Wines. Made by one of the premier producers of the Abruzzi region, Cataldi Madonna, specifically for Vias. Montepulciano is one of those confusing wines that is both the name of a grape, and a region, yet are two completely separate wines. The Montepulciano grape typically comes from the Abruzzi region (as well as several other more Southern wine regions in Italy), and is thought to be primarily of the table wine variety – no Reserves or single-vineyards done from this grape (although there are some). The Montepulciano region is actually in Tuscany – a city where the famed resorts and spas of Italy reside. It is also home to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines, which are made from Prugnolo (the regional clone name for Sangiovese).

Back to the Capestrano, this is a delicious, light-bodied red that is full of soft cherry and red berry fruit aromas and flavors, with hints of spice and earth. It is a terrific table wine, and durable for virtually any type of cuisine. Give it a try!


Do Bianchi said...

I like that wine and agree it's a great value. And remember: when you drink a wine from Abruzzo you're helping the wine industry there, which is still reeling from the impact of the terrible earthquake in April.

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