I got interested in doing a bit of a wines of Italy review because I was considering taking the Italian Specialist Exam. That class was cancelled so I won't be doing that but I did enjoy the process. My husband and I both really enjoyed the Tenuta Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2007 by Ruffino last night with dinner.
It was a ruby red in the glass with primarily fruity aromas of ripe cherries, blackberries, plums with some dried leaves. It was medium+ body with smooth ripe medium tannins, medium+ acidity and alcohol. It had the same fruity flavors as the aromas with a black tea addition to the taste with a long fruity finish.
As we are trying to cut back a bit on our meat intake this week after overdoing it last weekend, I served it with a Caprese type salad, potato and onion soup and pepperoni pizza. It was fantastic with each course of our meal.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano must be made with at least 70% Sangiovese from the clone known as Prugnolo Gentile and aged for at least 24 months. It comes from the hillside town of Montepulciano in Tuscany. Traditionally, it was blended with other local grape varieties, usually Mammolo and Canaiolo. Some producers are now using international varieities to create a modern style like this one. The 2007 Tenuta Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is 90% Sangiovese with 5% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Very drinkable and highly recommended. I found this
bottle at Kroger for approximately $24.