We know that the Italian wine scene is incredibly complex, but here’s a classic: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. And if that name looks or sounds pretentious to English speakers, it’s really not, when you break it down. Montepulciano is the grape variety, Abruzzo is the region (on Italy’s East coast). With this style, we’re typically looking at moderate ABV, high-ish acidity, moderate tannins and plenty of cherry-like or plummy fruit flavours, perhaps with a touch of spice.
Wineontrial has been very impressed with Morrisons so far. They really seem to have found a knack for offering consistently good value for money on wine. And as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is usually at least fair value anyway, this one was surely a safe bet, wasn’t it?
Sadly not. The ABV is a little on the low side for the style at 13%. There were several possible reasons for that, and the correct one turned out to be under-ripeness. Now we know that’s often not a bad thing, and sometimes it’s a very good thing: the French are past masters at making great wine from slightly under-ripe grapes. But can the Italians pull off the same trick?
They haven’t pulled it off here. Sadly this wine is slightly tart and just tastes a little bit ‘green’, rather than delivering the burst of fruit you expect from a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Sorry Morrisons, but it’s back to the drawing board on this one. Get those grapes a touch riper and try again.