Monday, November 26, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Caleo Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy, 2009 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: This is a big, bargain Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, coming in a magnum bottle at a price that would be a bargain for a 750ml.

Original tasting and review, September, 2011: This is Caleo Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy, 2009, finished at 12.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Caleo is deep magenta in the glass.  Not quite opaque anywhere.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows twiggy ripe plums.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, fruity and possibly rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft and yielding - almost chocolate - savory fruit and wood in the middle of your mouth.  Balanced and friendly, though not complex.  Finish is clean, but brief. 

In summary: Overall, creates more of an impression in the sniff and sip than in the follow.  Yet, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and is a crazy-best value at the "practically free" price.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Softer, less bright on the nose.  The palate knits nicely.  The finish lingers a little bit longer with cocoa-style tannins. 
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Updated review, over a year later,  November, 2012:  Still deep magenta with brambly fruit.  Clean, light, old-world-feel in the mid-palate.  Fresh clean finish still, and still three stars.

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