Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wine Review:2011 Umani Ronchi Podere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes-Played by Dr. Murad Abel
The Umani Ronchi version of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an Italian import ready to drink dark red wine. Aroma is high pitched with an obvious grape core. There is a level of light oxidization on the glass and slow tears that represent its 13% alcohol content. It can be described as hardy smooth with high tannin and low acidity. Taste includes grape, plumb and cherry. It is bright in flavor and holds its aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made from the Montepulciano wine grape grown in only four regions of Italy. According to Italian wine laws, it can only be produced as a rose wine with a maximum mix of 85% Montepulciano and 15% of Sangiovese. The wine has growth density allowances and minimum alcohol requirements. Generally, such wines are low acid, tannic and maintain a spicy flavor.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made in the eastern coast of central Italy. Wine making in the region dates back to the sixth century based in the culture and abilities of the ancient Etruscans. The area has declined for a number of centuries in wine making dominance and has increased significantly over the past few decades. Their wine making methods are rooted in tradition and have a unique taste based upon the type of grape and coastal weather.

The wine can be paired with lamb, meats, pasta, kabobs, pork and heavy cheese. One of the reasons why red wines pair with fatty meat is that they are exactly polar opposites. The wines work to reduce the fatty sensations making the palate much more accepting of both. Diversity of food may be an important reason why our eating habits can work this way.

Price: $11

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