Cantina Zaccagnini, il vino dal tralcetto, DOC Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Bolognano, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy, 2015
On DOC Monepulciano d’Abruzzo
It is a red wine appellation, where production is dominated, ~80%, by co-operatives (cantina sociale). The wines are based on montepulciano, which can be varietal, down to a minimum of 85%, with the possibility to add up to 15% sangiovese. Minimum ageing is 4 months for rosso, and for riserva, 24 months, of which 9 in barrel.
Montepulciano is a malleable variety , which can give everyday quaffing reds. On the other hand if yields are severely restricted, it suits oak ageing, to give wines that are complex and concentrated, and which can develop a tertiary profile .
There is also the DOCG sub-zone of Colline Teramane Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with more exacting requirements in terms of grape percentage and ageing.
This wine: lot no. L24217C01, a montepulciano dominated blend, Nomacorc synthetic cork closure, 12.5% abv, widely available, £9 (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: ruby hued, youthful, for quaffing with a red meat stew, with aromas of black cherry, black currant and liquorice; medium bodied, with a similar taste profile. Finishes short(ish), with a touch of astringency on the end. Decant for 20 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing tears [no sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of black cherry, black currant boiled sweets, black liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, some sweetness of black cherry and liquorice in mid-palate, with flavours of black currant boiled sweets, black cherry, black liquorice. A medium (-) length with a touch of bitterness on the end.
Quality: acceptable, a sound balance of acidity and tannins with alcohol, a youthful wine, showing simple complexity, and a moderate concentration level. Finishes medium-short, perhaps curtailed by a bitterness that arises, which seems to emphasize the tannins.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing – simple, a short(ish) finish, but will still suit as a quaffing wine, perhaps with a red meat casserole.