2008 Vilamedoro Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, $17
Italian wine has always been a dead spot for me, and something I’ve sadly overlooked for far too long. This was a new recommendation based on a conversation about a couple other Rhone style wines I’ve enjoyed lately, and it was right on.
This wine had a beautiful plum skin color, a dusty nose full of raisin, earthy mushrooms, and a little black liquorish too. On tasting, the dusty nose translated into a dry earth acid with a sharp peppery edge. I also liked the dark prune and roast orange peel that came through. And the black liquorish from the nose came through as a subtle anise on tasting. After opening a little, a lighter fruit started to come through as well.
This was fun wine, and great pairing with a simple Sunday dinner of spaghetti and spicy meatballs.