2008 Nicodemi Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy

Have you always wondered what wine to serve with pizza? Well this simple red made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy is a perfect match.  Silky, rich tastes of fruit, cocoa and spice.  I would call this a Brunello jr. but the nice thing is it sells for a fraction of the price of a Brunello.  Drink now for sure…no point waiting for this, it is yummy early.   Antonio Galloni from WA also gives it a thumps up:

Wine Advocate # 189
Jun 2010
Antonio Galloni 87 Drink: 2010 – 2012 $14 (16)
The 2008 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a fresh, vinous red perfect for drinking over the next two to three years. There is nothing complicated here, just a glassful of generous, dark fruit and exceptional balance at this level. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2012.

 Available at Uncorked (www.uncorked.co.uk)  in the UK for 10£ a btl, and in the US also for about 15$. Amazing value. 

My rating,  88 pts

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