Francesco Cirelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2013
Bottle Price: $16.99 | Case Price: $183.49
Agricola Cirelli is a farm. All of its production is designed to respect the natural cycles of the olive trees, vineyards, horticultural crops and animal breeding. The farm grows its food and wine in total respect of organic agriculture. Grapes were hand-harvested into baskets and immediately destemmed, crushed, separated from their skins, and transferred to amphora to ferment, then aged 6 months in stainless steel.
This is the Montepulciano grape. It delivers a nose of baking spice, cherry pie, and tomato leaf. Juicy purple fruits dominate the palate but it’s made fresh by some herbal notes. Just enough structure to let you know that this wine is unmistakably Italian – no excessive fruit, everything balanced and a bit rustic. We are pairing this wine with a Roast Chicken with Plums recipe – it’s comforting and easy to execute yet impressive enough for guests.
Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably in eastern Abruzzo. Abruzzo is a region on the Adriatic coast, situated halfway up the ‘boot’. Abruzzo is a perfect haven for grape growing – a rugged, mountainous region with a lengthy coastline, its lush, green landscape is scattered with national parks and forests. It’s ideally situated between the Adriatic sea and the Apennines and Maiella mountain ranges. Cool coastal breezes keep sugar levels low while warm sunshine encourages growth and ripeness.