Not to be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Montepulciano the grape hails from central and southern Italy. A round, medium-bodied red grape, best known as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, that has delicious tannins and balanced acidity. The Italian grape delivers complex notes of red plum, blackberry, dried thyme, and baking spices, with a smoky finish. This grape sings when paired with beef tacos, meat lovers pizza, baked mac and cheese, and black bean burgers.
Italy’s second most planted grape, Montepulciano also produces great wines when blended with other varietals. The most successful blend being Montepulciano and Sangiovese, as they’re closely related and enhance each other's profile. Montepulciano and Syrah are a more modern blend that tend to have more dark and jammy fruit notes.
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