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AUSONIA 12 MONTEPULCIANO
AUSONIA 12 "APOLLO" MONTEPULCIANO DI ABRUZZO
Item: #301654
Bottle Size:750ml
$14.95
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Ausonia Azienda Agricola is a relatively new winery in Abruzzo, Italy. Simone Binelli, after 6 years as a pharmacist, decided to pursue his passion for wine-- so he studied and graduated (Read More...
with honors) at the School of Viticulture and Enology of Florence. All of this was done with the support and blessing of the woman who was to become his wife, Francesca.

In 2006 he began managing the agricultural part of the company and from 2011 with the birth of the cellar also of the enological part with the support of trusted professionals. The name of the winery, Ausonia, came about after Simone was on a walk with his father, an entomologist for passion, who noticed a particular butterfly near the property. Ausonia is in fact the name of this butterfly quite rare in Italy, but very present among the gullies along the company and the Regional Natural Reserve of Atri Badlands, where he found his natural habitat. From this is derived the choice to call the wines with the names of the butterflies of the Abruzzo region.

This is one of our favorite regions in Italy as the quality-to-value ratio skews heavy toward quality-- plainly, you get great wines for not a lot of money. That is the case here. Ausonia "Apollo" has a nose of red fruits and big spices; it's almost Rhône-y with fresh black pepper and a hint of garrique. The palate is rich and viscous, laden with mixed red and blue fruits, more spices, black licorice, pepper (black and white), sea salt, excellent tannins. The finish is easy and full of forward fruits, gentle acidity. Food matching: pasta with elaborate sauces, ideal for roast lamb and grilled meats, moderately strong cheeses.
GAROFOLI 07 GROSSO AGONTANO
$27.95
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100% Montepulciano Garofoli was aged in oak barrels for 18mo and 12mo in bottle the wine has a Intense, deep, dark ruby color with garnet prevalence of cherry fused with a delicate Read More...
spice and vanilla tones of the wood. It is fruity, soft , warm and has a velvety sensationon on the palate of jam and licorice root with great persistence..Try with .Game, Roasted meat, Stewed and braised meat.
LA QUERCIA 12 MONTELPULCIANO
LA QUERCIA 2012 MONTELPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
Item: #382063
Bottle Size:750ml
$9.98
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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 Read More...
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.

This wine is fantastic and an incredible value -- if you're aching to get the BBQ started early (if we have the right spring day), this will work wonders with grilled meats. The nose starts with a nice blend of earthy spice, minerals and fresh, sweet and tangy fruit (dark berries, pomegranate); a hint of leather and tea is in the background. In the mouth, bright, balanced fruit meets silky tannins and great acidity. Lush ripe plum and more dark berries lead to a bright and beautiful finish.
MASCIARELLI 11 MONTEPULCIANO
MASCIARELLI 2011 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
Item: #302458
Bottle Size:750ml
$8.95
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The Azienda Agricola Masciarelli was established in San Martino in 1978 by Gianni Masciarelli and started producing wines in 1981. Gianni inherited from his grandfather Giovanni the Read More...
passion for the vineyards and the wine. In the old cellar of his grandfather, who was producing small quantities of wine for the love of it, Gianni started creating his wines.

Since the beginning, Masciarelli focused on the potentials of the native wine varieties speaking the language of his people: Montepulciano and Trebbiano. In Masciarelli's productive philosophy, great importance is given to the land and to its wine culture and tradition. The main passion of Gianni is Abruzzo, an extraordinary region, with intense flavors, tastes and scents that you can find in all its typical products: from pasta to wine, extra-virgin olive oil to cheese, from meat to saffron, truffles to pastries, to ventricina salami, to confetti.

This wine is hitting all the cylinders and quickly rose to the top of the barrel against some very good competition to capture our "Wine of the Month" title.

The nose is quite attractive with bright red fruit scents, touches of sarsparilla and root beer, camphor, ginger and a soupcon of earthy spice. In the mouth, soft red fruits dominate, berries and cherries, with earthy hints of anise and spice, black plum and strawberry compote. Velvety tannins and easy acidy lend structure to this quite tasty, easy-drinking wine. Awesome price-to-quality ratio on this top shelf bargain.
ZACCAGNNI 11 MONTEPULCIANO D'
CANTINA ZACCAGNINI 2011 MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO
Item: #303591
Bottle Size:750ml
$12.98
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James Suckling, 91-points - "This is a soft and fruity red with dried berries and hints of fruit cake. Full body, ripe tannins and a delicious finish. Read More...
An opulent and pleasing wine. Drink now."

Zaccagnini not only makes delicious Montepulciano but also their decorative label definitely adds to the experience and the fun of opening this wonderful value table wine.
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