Store Cupboard Essentials

Averys Montepulciano Abruzzo 2015 – Montepulciano – 12.5%- £6.99

First – Happy New Year, Felice Anno Nuovo, and Bonne Année!

The month of January is generally considered a frugal affaire; finances are tight thanks to the excesses of the festive season. The cupboard is often depleted of those little treats, essential to stave of the January blues, and the mind longs for the warmth and light of the summer.

Well, I’m happy to be able to at least address the first two of these problems with this wonderful little offering from Averys of Bristol.

Abruzzo – A region beyond the Apennine hills to the south east of Tuscany is famous for the production of this wine, made using the native grape Montepulciano, and bottled exclusively for Avery’s by the Bove Family, who have been producing this wine since 1930. Montepulciano represents excellent value for money.

This wine is a deep ruby colour to the eye, with legs and tears, indicating a moderate level of alcohol. The nose is pronounced with the unmistakable notes of raspberry and sour cherry, with gentle wafts of vanilla coupled with a tertiary note of leather. A quick slurp confirms the bite of high acidity, and high levels of tannin, although coupled with the moderate alcohol this is integrated to a good level giving a supple balance. There are further notes of raspberry and cherry, although the cherry moves to the fore front giving a delicious streak of red fruit refreshment. The spice and leather notes continue the palate and help to give this a medium body and a medium length to the finish.

This wine is a real bargain and offers a satisfying blend of complexity, style and balance.  If you are looking for a store cupboard essential to partner tomato based pasta’s, this is ideal, it won’t break the bank and may even offer a drop of sunshine, to banish those January blues!



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