2011 De Luca Montepulciano d'Abruzzo d'Abruzzo Sipario
Along with some other shipments that arrived earlier this week I found this dark and enhancing lonely single Italian lady. Ahh, wrong blog…
but stored in the fridge, no Ar, and tasted over a few days, she did play well with the leftovers-we-need-to-clean-up menu for the next couple of days, some eggplant-mushroom lasagna, good homemade meatball spaghetti, various green veggies, augmented with some Creminelli sopressata and boar salami, Beehive and Vella cheeses and some Average Joe bread. This is all too much sounding like a Woot Wherehouse clearance party isn't it.
Color a fairly deep but bright and clear but intense ruby red with violet/purple, not inky like a Stillman PS, but still young given the violet tinges.
Aromas of black cherry with a bit of violet, typical of a Montepuliciano.
Entry is smooth and fruity, sour cherry dominating hints of other dark berries; not sensing any oak or wood. Tannins are evident, but not overwhelming; they do coat top and sides of the tongue and carry into a medium finish.
My research found this is the opening line of the De Luca wines, a pleasant bottle the worked well with all the food I threw at it. Given this is just their opener and how well it drinks, I'll now be looking for some of their other offerings.
A late posting and now seeing the price, this hits right on.