Montepulciano Help

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Montepulciano Help

#1 Post by N1CKW0LF » November 18th, 2019, 4:21 pm

Looking for some solid recommendations on sub $25 Montepulciano's. It would be nice if they were easy to source as well! Thanks

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#2 Post by R M Kriete » November 18th, 2019, 4:45 pm

Try Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano...great wine for the price and currently at our Total Wine

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#3 Post by bob parsons alberta » November 18th, 2019, 4:55 pm

Looks like a good thread to follow.

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#4 Post by Paul Miller » November 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm

Avignonesi Vino Nobile is right around that point, maybe a tad higher. There's another Vino Nobile I always see at Whole Foods that's good and slightly cheaper.

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#5 Post by Brian Gilp » November 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm

The appellation or the grape?

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#6 Post by PFMay » November 19th, 2019, 3:18 am

Brian Gilp wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
The appellation or the grape?
Exactly.

There's the grape variety Montepulciano which is often from Abruzzo and is reasonably priced, then there is the wine from the area surrounding the town of Montepulciano which is mostly made from the grape variety Sangiovese.

The way I find it, if the name Montepulciano comes first, that's the grape followed by the region, (e.g. Montepulciano d'Abruzzo)
If Montepulciano comes last then that's the town and the main grape is Sangiovese (e.g. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano)
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#7 Post by John Kight » November 19th, 2019, 6:03 am

I find them as a group (both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) to be largely "drinkable but uninspiring" wines. There are some exceptions in the pricey, high end range (Avignonesi's Grandi Annate and Poliziano's Asinone). I have occasionally found the base level Avignonesi VNdM to be quite good. And Avignonesi makes a (fairly-modern-styled) Merlot called Desiderio which can be very good and ages nicely (although while it used to be a screaming value at $30-ish, it has now moved up to $50-ish and at that price I wouldn't buy).

For wines in the price range being requested, I don't have much help beyond stating that I'd personally rather buy Chianti Classico Riserva for that money (considering it as a substitute for VNdM moreso than MdA).

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#8 Post by Howard Cooper » November 19th, 2019, 7:34 am

John Kight wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 6:03 am
I find them as a group (both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) to be largely "drinkable but uninspiring" wines.
Not an answer to the OP's question (too expensive), but you might want to try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Pepe.
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#9 Post by John Kight » November 19th, 2019, 8:12 am

Howard Cooper wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 7:34 am
John Kight wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 6:03 am
I find them as a group (both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) to be largely "drinkable but uninspiring" wines.
Not an answer to the OP's question (too expensive), but you might want to try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Pepe.
I have...I love them and should have identified Pepe in my mention of high-end, high-priced exceptions to my generalization.

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#10 Post by N1CKW0LF » November 19th, 2019, 9:28 am

Brian Gilp wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
The appellation or the grape?
I was mainly looking for the grape for some younger drinkers but would also be interested in the appellation as well. Thanks

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#11 Post by Kris Patten » November 19th, 2019, 1:40 pm

N1CKW0LF wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 9:28 am
Brian Gilp wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
The appellation or the grape?
I was mainly looking for the grape for some younger drinkers but would also be interested in the appellation as well. Thanks
Masciarelli is readily available and quaffable.
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#12 Post by Brian Gilp » November 19th, 2019, 2:54 pm

The best that I have had is Moroder Conero riserva but it’s been many years as I can’t easily find it in my market. Not sure if it meets your price target these days. I don’t have a huge amount of experience with this grape but have also enjoyed Valle Reale and Masciarelli.

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