Originally set up as a Co-operative in 1966, Cantine Torri is now a small private estate of around 25 hectares. Abruzzo wines can sometimes be rather commercial yet Cantine Torri create many fine, individual examples of local grapes. This Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a very stylish example, with soft juicy oak on the palate, a plump texture, fine tannins and a crisp finish. - Andy Howard MW
About the Wine
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is sometimes confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, yet the two could not be further apart. Whereas Vino Nobile is produced from the classic Tuscan grape, Sangiovese, and is named after the hillside town of Montepulciano, the other wine comes from the Abruzzo region, close to the Adriatic Sea and is named after the grape variety – Montepulciano.
Stylistically the two are very different as well. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo will normally be lighter in tannins, with flavours of bitter dark cherry and a lack of obvious oak maturation. Quality varies greatly in this DOC and many cheaper wines are thin and acidic.
This organic example is full of juicy, bright fruit and, although not overly complex, is a great advert for Cantine Torri.
Goes well with
Some attractive smoky hints on the nose and palate, combined with crisp tannins and typical Montepulciano acidity make this a lovely red wine to enjoy both as an aperitif and with foods.
Try it with any Italian dishes, ranging from cured meats to pasta with all sorts of creamy sauces. The acidity will cut through the richness of all types of food – try it with a mushroom risotto or pasta in a creamy sauce with shaved black truffle.