Montepulcianio D' Abruzzo
A good solid taste that comes out fighting round after round.

The Montepulciano grape, named after the Tuscan town of that ilk is best known for the wine Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which is produced from the aforementioned grape and made in the Abruzzo region of Italy. This is a dry, red wine which, while not having the subtlety of the great wines of France is nonetheless a thoroughly decent splosh.

A good example of this wine will have a full body with a dark, almost purple colour rather like a good but young red Bordeaux. If you see a thinner, redder colour, you should be wary and I hope that you will not have paid a lot for the wine as, in my experience, this is the mark of a less appealing wine.

These wines are often sold ready to drink at less than two years old and sometimes at less than one year.

On the label, you should look for the description, "Montepulciano d'Abruzzo" together with the authentication mark "Denominazione Di Origine Controllata" or just DOC. You will also see the bottler's name and year.

This wine seems to vary less from year to year than most and I have only ever encountered one poor example which was the 1999 bottling by Corvit. Forli. Other wine from this producer has been good as has all of the 1999 vintage from other bottlers so I can only assume that the bottler themselves had some problem that was confined to one year. The outlets that carried that wine switched to the 2000 vintage pretty quickly so I guess that everyone involved accepted that there had been a bit of a cock up. (I stress that this is no reason to avoid the year or the wine of this bottler, just avoid that combination.)

If you like Chianti or if you are an habituee of the cheaper end of the Bordeaux market, you should do yourself a favour and check out this wine. It generally offers slightly better value for a wine of similar appeal and quality.

It is one of our staples for everyday drinking and it is rare that a week passes without at least one bottle of this wine being opened (and finished) at jpoc towers.

You should serve it at room temperature and it is best with half an hour breathing before you drink it but, in an emergency, you can uncork and imbibe right away without doing the wine too much of an injustice.

If you want some precious luvvy stuff about what food this wine goes with then it's great with microwaved pizza but really that's all tosh, it's just a decent, inexpensive wine that you can enjoy drinking whenever.

To guide you, I am giving an award for the best wine and the best value for each vintage.

The wines
Year Brand or Bottler Comments Awards
2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007 Vescovino Euro 1.99 from Marktkauf in Germany Great value Best cheapie in store
2007 Montelpulciano D' Abruzzo 2007 Mondo del Vino Euro 1.99 from Penny Markt in Germany Basic but fair
2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007 Zonin Euro 4.49 from Hit in Germany Earned its keep
2007 Castelletto Euros 1.99 from Tengelmann in Germany Cheapie but goodie Best budget Monty
2007 Farnese Euro4.99 from Rewe in Germany The full Monty(pulciano) Best wine of type
2007 Coppiere Euro3.29 from Marktkauf in Germany OK but you can do better
2007 San Mondello Euro1.99 from Netto in Germany Drinkable - just
2007 Rigattieri Euro4.99 from Rewe in Germany Caught my attention Best Monty below 5 Euros
2007 Fradiabolo Euro2.59 from Rewe in Germany More fruity then expected
2007 Cierrevi Euro1.99 from Plus in Germany Basic but fair
2006 San Mondello Euro1.99 from Netto in Germany Drinkable - just
2006 Boccantino Euro3.49 from Marktkauf in Germany OK, but no more than that
2006 Pulcino Euros 4.99 from Karstadt in Germany Very good Best budget Italian in store
2006 Terramore Euro4.99 from Rewe in Germany Is Bio wine good for you?
2006 Avegiano Euro6.49 from Rewe in Germany Not bad but not worth the premium price.
2006 Cislo Sarze Euro1.99 from Plus in Germany The bottler's name sounds too much like Keyser Soze for me to dare criticise it even though it's not very good.
2006 Casa Moretti Euro1.00 from Rewe in Germany Poisonous Filth
2006 Fradiabolo Euro2.59 from Rewe in Germany Too acid
2006 Mondo del Vino Euro1.99 from Rewe in Germany Basic but fair
2005 Fradiabolo Euro2.59 from Rewe in Germany Not up to much
2005 Boccantino Euro 2.99 from Hit in Germany OK, but no more than that
2002 Villa Demonte Euro1.79 from Sky in Germany Nothing special
2002 Corvit. Forli, Euro1.99 from Plus in Germany A favourite Best value!
2002 Borgo Abini Euro1.99 from Norma Much better than 2001
2001 Boccatino Euro2.99 from Marktkauf in Germany I liked it but it was overpriced
2001 Corvit. Forli, Euro1.99 from Plus in Germany My favourite Best of year at any price!
2001 Borgo Abini Euro1.99 from Norma A let down after the 2000
2000 Borgo Abini Euro1.99 from Norma Worth the money Joint best of year below Euro2
2000 Fridiabolo Euro3.06 from HL Worth the money Joint best of year
2000 Farina Euro3.57 from Tengelmann OK but not good enough to justify the price
2000 Castelletto DeM3.99 from Tengelmann Both the best and the cheapest of type so far! Best of year, best value
2000 Barberino DeM2.98 from Lidl A favourite purchase
2000 Cantata from Marktkauf in Germany A little too acid
2000 Corvit. Forli from Plus in Germany Great value
1999 Boccatino from Marktkauf or Jibi in Germany I liked it but it was overpriced
1999 Fonte Del Campo (bottled by Villa Demonte) from Extra in Germany OK, but a little too acid
1999 Villa Demonte from Trink Gut in Germany I like this a lot Best Value
1999 Terre Del Sole from Marktkauf in Germany My favourite Best Wine
1999 Barberino from Lidl in Germany A frequent purchase
1999 Corvit. Forli from Plus in Germany One to avoid
1999 Bottled by Fra-Co & sold by Marktkauf & Miniprice in Germany Yummy
1998 Savella from Marktkauf in Germany Worth the money, good indeed Best of type in store
1998 Fonte del Campo from Extra in Germany OK but expensive
1998 Fra-Co from Marktkauf in Germany OK but expensive
1998 Corvit. Forli from Plus in Germany Tremendous bargain Best Value, Best Wine
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