Barba Vignafranca Montepulciano, Abruzzo, Italy.

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100% Montepulciano [Mawn-teh-pool-CHA-noh] I personally always make the point of pronouncing it in as ridiculously strong of an Italian accent as possible, with plenty of hand gestures (no matter where I am): Montepulciano!!!




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A tricky one! I never would have guessed it was a Montepulciano from the nose…or maybe it’s been far too long since I’ve had one. It’s all dark fruit upfront on the nose, but not as much in the mouth. Quite full-bodied for a Montepulciano. Heavy on the dark cherry, and then plum, licorice, tree bark, olives and even a little cow manure. Yummo! No seriously though, don’t be put-off by the cow manure comment, it was actually quite a good wine.



I didn’t pair it with anything. I shared the bottle with the Mrs. whilst I wrote this review and she sat on the couch and read some trashy novel (after a long day at work)….but I’m guessing you might want a little more than that…

Red sauce pasta all the way, baby! You really can’t go wrong with that, but you might also want to try eggplant, pecorino, pizza, truffles, grilled meats, duck and stews.




Available in Jacksonville from Riverside Liquors and/or Royal Palm. Call first to order/confirm stock.


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