Great Uncle Monty

Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2015 – £9.99 Costco


With the festive season just kicking off it’s time to think about stocking up those cellars in preparation for the biggest party of the year. Christmas can be a tricky time to shop for wine, so many offers and so many choices. Thankfully once again I’ve done some of the hard work for you, and in preparation of those friends and family who just happen to pop in once a year, I have a little festive treat for you.

Italy has so much choice when it comes to wine, and like Christmas has its fair share of turkeys as well. However, one of the most reliable wines to choose is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. Made using the Montepulciano grape and from the Abruzzo region. Montepulciano can be produced in four provinces,:- L’AquilaChietiPescara and Teramo – with the latter producing the largest amounts.

Abruzzo is a large area stretching from the Apennine mountains to the Adriatic coast. This area is very mountainous and contains a varied terroir consisting of calcareous and ferrous clay and a layer of limestone. The hillside vineyards of Chieta, also benefit from a cooling Adriatic breeze.

The Zaccagnini winery was founded in 1978, and is a family run business in Pescara. Founded with the idea of creating “absolute quality, from cluster to glass”, and with more than 300 hectares of beautiful vineyards, well-kept and monitored at every production stage. The Zaccagnini winery is now an internationally recognised winery producing high quality wines.

The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an excellent example, deep and inky in colour with a wonderful nose of dark fruit and spice. On the palate, the signature streak of dark fruits and cherry continues, there is a nice level of acidity, giving freshness and the tannins are balanced to perfection, the gentle warmth of black pepper and sweet spice is ever-present as is a slight back note of coco. Aged in Slovak barrels and drinking marvellously now this wine will pair with almost anything you throw at it but excels with tomato based dishes and pasta.

So, with the prospect of a chilly Christmas approaching, what better way to prepare than to sit back with glass in hand and pause, for just a quick slurp. Bon Weekend!


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