Montepulciano

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Pronounced Mawn-teh-pool-chah-naw. A grape varietal, used in the production of deep ruby red wines, originating in the Abruzo and Marche regions of Italy. Montepulciano is also a town in the Tuscany region. Tuscany is known for the Sangiovese grape. Winemakers also use the Montepuciano varietal in Rosé wines. The Montepulciano varietal is blended with Sangiovese and is the primary grape in Montepulciano d’Abruzzo blend.

Also known as: Cordisco Morellone, Primaticcio, and UvaAbruzzi.

Characteristics: Produces deep ruby colored, thick, medium bodied red wine. Wine is typically smooth with moderate acid and is low in tannins with hints of blackberry, spice, pepper, and plumb.

Ageing: Minimum of 6 months.

Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 61º-68º F.

Food pairings: Veal, red meat, game, pasta, pasta with tomato sauce, and seasoned cheeses.

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