Italy’s juiciest grape? It must be smooth, plummy Montepulciano – the variety behind one of our all-time bestselling reds, Farnese. We headed back to the grape’s heartland, Abruzzo, to find a new star and discovered this irresistible fruit laden red.
"Great on its own or with food. It fools guests into thinking this is a seriously expensive wine"
While many of Italy’s famed red grapes (such as Sangiovese or Nebbiolo) are noted for high acidity, Montepulciano gives a soft, juicy and approachable wine, even when young. It’s exactly the style enjoyed on a regular basis by the locals. Farinelli is made from hand picked, richly concentrated grapes grown on 30 to 40 year old vines high in the Abruzzo hills. What’s more, it’s declassified (without official DOC status). Although that means it can’t be labelled Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, we’re thrilled with what’s in the glass, plus it means lower admin costs for the winery and a big saving which we pass directly on to you. This is a fine match with a home-made spaghetti Bolognese, a roasted vegetable lasagne or chicken – from roast to pie.
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