2013 La Quercia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva
This Montepulciano is a great example of what can happen when you match low-yield winemaking expertise with a prolific growing zone, and constantly cut, cut, cut back the vines. Made by winemaker Antonio Lamona, the result is one of the best quality, most expressive and balanced Montepulcianos around. This wine is also 100% organic, and delivers as a wine that takes no shortcuts. The nose is filled with bright red berries and fruits, spicy raspberry, vanilla bean, cherry liqueur, incense with a touch of cedar and sweet florals. The ripe fruit theme carries over to the palate but is supported by excellent structure; the tannins are broad but balanced, light acidity ruminates throughout. Cherries, ripe red plums and raspberries lead to a lengthy finish that adds hints of cherry vanilla and underbrush. Great with simple meats and cheeses, heartier Fall fare or even weekend tailgates or barbecues. Versatile, affordable, delicious!