Montepulciano: 7 Sommeliers Make The Case for Italy’s Forgotten Wine
Here’s the deal: Montepulciano is a picturesque town in Tuscany, once considered among the world’s best producers of red wine. Even Francophile Thomas Jefferson counted their wines among his favorites, long fighting to keep his stellar stocked. Their star product? Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a complex, rustic red that helped secure their place as Italy’s first DOCG — the highest classification for Italian wines.
So, why have you never heard of it? The Sangiovese-based blend is often confused with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a soft, fruit-forward red from the south of Italy. And that — combined with the region’s 1960′s trend toward mass production — allowed Montepucliano’s high quality neighbors, Montalcino and Chianti, to shine.
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