Here’s a good reason to use that decanter you’ve been meaning to try.
From the bottle, at first pour, this wine had aromas containing hints of mint, sweet tomato and spice. It felt bigger on the palate, and the sweet fruit opened up a little, alongside a touch of cedar. Cedary tannin was more available in the finish, which was not long. Overall, the restrained fruit of my first glass was typical of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
But, when tasted after the bottle had been open for two hours, beautiful, full flavors emerged, with cherry, plum and cocoa. My recommendation is to decant or aerate this wine. It goes well with summer squash and pasta and other similar dishes this season. Highly Recommended. 92 points. BSE
WHO: Avignonesi
WHERE: Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
WHAT: 100% Sangiovese
HOW MUCH: $30 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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