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By Emma Krasov

Known for its Sangiovese grapes, Montepulciano, in the province of Siena, Italy, produces red wines of exceptional qualities, recorded in historical documents dating back to the Middle Ages. Called Nobile (noble) for a reason, the wine of this production zone in south-east Tuscany is characterized by the intense color, complex aromas, moderate use of oak, and elegant flavors, putting it on the wine lists of historical royal courts and contemporary wine connoisseurs.

Consorzio del Vino Nobile, a cooperative of regional producers, presented numerous wines of the Nobile brand at a private tasting event, Molto Montepulciano, held at Foreign Cinema restaurant in San Francisco, California, paired with Italian-inspired small bites like arancini, balsamic-drizzled copa, and prosciutto-wrapped polenta with arugula.

Notable wines from the festive event included pure Sangiovese (100%) Greppo Antico 2010; Vecchia Cantina 2008 Poggio Stella (90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo); Crociani Riserva 2007 (80% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, 10% Mammolo), and other wonderful creations of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano brand.

The town of Montepulciano, architecturally unchanged since the 16th century, and surrounded by hilly vineyards, was introduced to the attending media and wine distributors in a short video presentation given by master sommelier Catherine Fallis. More information at:
Images: courtesy Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Michael Hospelt (tasting).


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