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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014
Tuscany, Italy $19.99
Long before people got hip to the breadth of Tuscan wine, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ruled wine lists in countless Spaghetti joints across America. With such a noble-sounding name, customers thought they were getting top-tier wine to go along with their baked ziti. Chances are some people even mistook Nobile as a description for high-end Montepulciano d'Abruzzo! When artisanal Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino made it into the mainstream, Vino Nobile was forced into near obscurity. Nevertheless, there's some wonderful Prugnolo Gentile (local Sangiovese) made less than 15 miles east of Montalcino.
This 2014 is a blend of Prugnolo Gentile (80%), Merlot (10%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) grown on 84 acres near the town of Cervognano. The wine is aged for nearly two years in Allier barriques and another year in bottle. Fuller-bodied, with bright floral aromas. The velvety palate shows raspberry, dried cherry, and blackberry structured by grainy tannins. Mint, vanilla, and plums on a spicy finish. A perfect match with Spaghetti Bolognese.