Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Review: *** $$ Antonio & Elio Monti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy, 2005

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By way of background, opening thoughts: A Montepulciano D'Abruzzo with a picture of a dog on the label.  Two comforting and friendly elements on the same bottle.  We're trying this one with seven years of age since vintage date.

Original tasting and review : This is Antonio & Elio Monti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy, 2005, finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Inky jet black, with a rim of purple/brick highlights.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy and very soft, deep fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be full on the palate.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full in the mouth with some deep oak and black fruit, with red berry acids surrounding the denser core.  Still lively after seven years, so much so that the finish still prickles your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Soft fruit on the nose, now more purple.  Remains dark and bold on the palate, laughing off the long decant. 

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