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Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2003

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Winemaker Notes

"This saturated dense purple-colored effort reveals a terrific bouquet of melted licorice, black pepper, smoke, and blackberries, good acidity, abundant fruit, and a medium to full-bodied, long finish. It is a tremendous wine for its price."
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Deep, inky color with an intense perfume of licorice, black pepper and smoke. Generous on the palate with ripe, round fruit, excellent structure and delicate acidity. Recommended with sausages, stews and grilled meats. A perfect barbeque wine.

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Monti, , Italy
Monti
Monti is a small estate in the region of Abruzzo. Since its inception, the Monti family winery had been operated by brothers Antonio and Elio until Elio passed away in 2002. The brothers had always been traditionalists in the production of Abruzzo's noble varietal, Montepulciano.

The Monti estate is located near Teranio, approximately 100 miles east of Rome. Here the mix of southern sun and Adriatic winds create prime conditions for the practice of viticulture.... View More

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