Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one Italy's classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles (40km) southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany. Viticulture here dates back many centuries to Etruscan times. During the 15th century, the local wine was a favorite among the local Sienese aristocracy, and in the 16th century it was revered by Pope Paul III, who spoke of the wine's excellent qualities. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was written about in the poem "Bacco in Toscana" (Bacchus in Tuscany) by Francesco Redi, who described it as "the king of all wines", and the wine was also mentioned by renowned French writer Voltaire in his book Candide
Country: Italy Region: Tuscany
Varietal: 70% Sangiovese Grosso, 20% Caniolo Nero, 10% local varities
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Melini's Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is dedicated to Sante Lancerio who was bottler (today we would say sommelier) to Pope Paul III Farnese. He was also the author of a book about the wines favoured by the Pope and he writes in particular about Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as the wine of the nobility. The vineyard is on the hillside of Montepulciano between the valleys of Chiana and Orcia. The wine is aged 3 years in casks of Limousin oak, it is ruby red in colour with garnet hues, complex bouquet with notes of prune and cinnamon, dry and attractively tannic with a lingering aftertaste of plum jam and toasted almond.
Ageing Potential: 10 Years
Once again Caterina Dei and Nicolò d’Aflitto have fashioned an elegant, flashy, highly scented Vino Nobile in the 2012 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The 2012 Dei Vino Nobile carries the deep, telltale color of Prugnolo Gentile to delight the eye, and it offers a beguiling aroma of red and black fruits infused with hints of rose petal and violet to delight the nose. In the mouth, the 2012 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano comes across as seamless, with well-integrated fruit, purity of flavor, superb texture, and supreme balance – all of which account for the numerous 90 point ratings the 2012 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has received, including 92 Points from James Suckling and 90 Points from Wine Spectator. Supremely balanced and yet still in the fresh bloom of youth, the 2012 Dei Vino Nobile has many years of life ahead of it and it can be counted on to provide enormous pleasure for up to a decade or more. In the ideal world, one has a case of the 2012 Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano on hand for near term drinking and several cases in the cellar to savor in the years to come. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2022.
Food Matches: Pasta / Risottos / Soft Cheese / Beef