I had a plan when I bought this wine. I thought that I would cook for "a night of three Montepulcianos" I'd start with my favorite Villa Cerrina ($4.99) then on to this wine ($13.99), then finish the meal with an amazing Vino Noble ($$$) that I have waiting to be opened. Then I could review the three and the meal built around the wine... umm yeah, plans are GREAT aren't they?
Reality is, Vino Noble is Sangeovese. oops - wrong wine. It is 90 degrees here in NYC (has been for a week - it is tropical). I am exhausted, it has been a rough Summer. And I use the word ROUGH as a serious understatement and sometimes, you get home on a Friday night, look in the wine closet (yes I have a wine closet) and pull out a random bottle that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
I really like Montepulciano wine, which is funny to me, because I think that Tuscany is overrated, and I love Piemonte. As for Montepulciano, I couldn't pronounce it for months, my brain and tongue would just not coordinate (and I love an Italian). Here it is phonetically: mon-te-pool-CHAH-noh.
After I ran this wine through the Vinturi, it was enhanced. Definitely decant this wine to optimize it. It smoothed it out, made it seem less acidic. This is just is a great everyday drinking wine - It's versatile, either as a stand alone or with food wine. If I weren't so enamored with the Villa Cerrina, this would be a go to wine for me.
It was too hot to cook, so I threw together a salad and it was a nice, light meal, with a good wine. One day, I will cook my dream "three bottle" meal. Maybe in the Fall.