Tenuta Ulisse Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

MONT-eh-POOL-chee-AH-noh! Say it out loud with enthusiasm and gesture a lot with your hands. Feels good, doesn’t it? Tastes good, too. Especially with a flavoursome Bolognese. And the next time you’re invited to dinner, this is probably the bottle you want to bring along. This is absolutely exceptional “Monty,” as we like to call it, from its most classic home, central Italy’s Abruzzo region.

For many years, Abruzzo was a wee bit overlooked when it came to fine wine, the assumption being that wines from this region were middling to alright–reds like Montepulciano being allocated to “pizza wine” status. (And hey, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a good Montepulciano and a good pizza. In fact, now that we think about it, the commentary on Montepulciano’s food-friendliness is a compliment.) But wineries like Tenuta Ulisse are now energing as new pioneers in Abruzzo, with the mission to reveal the enormous potential of Abruzzo’s unique terroir and ancient varieties–like Monty! 

You can clearly see their effort rewarded in this bottle. Deep, dark fruit notes and rich layers, offset with just the right amount of acidity. Quite something for a wine that sees no oak whatsoever. All that complexity is coming purely from the fruit. This wine is a clear cut above most Montepulcianos you find out there; a true pleasure to have at the table. And if you like it with dinner, try to save a drop or two for dessert and try it with dark chocolate!

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About This Wine

Country
IT
Region
Abruzzo
Appellation
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Type
Red
Varietal
Other
Soils
Clay and limestone
Closure
Cork
Alcohol
13.5%
Pairing
Saucy Bolognese, chicken or eggplant Parmigiana, a lovely lasagna...or anything with dark chocolate