On the subject of good, cheap wines from Italy, these from the central Abruzzo area are sometimes excessive on the record. The signature purple from the area is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, produced from the native Montepulciano selection. It’s vital to notice that this grape has nothing to do with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which refers to a wine produced from the Sangiovese grape in a city of the identical identify in Tuscany. Nobody ever mentioned navigating the wine world was simple.
Once I consider the Abruzzo area, I consider the $10-a-bottle Italian purple — greater than first rate and simple to drink; the sort of wine you need available for these fast pasta dinners and burgers on the grill.
One value attempting is the 2019 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Cantina Valle Tritana, which performs to Abruzzo’s popularity in describing itself on the label as “the best on a regular basis wine.” You’ll discover it for $10 or much less in most shops.
The wine is medium-bodied, with an ABV of 13 p.c and tastes of concentrated purple and darkish fruits, together with blueberry, blackberry, and over-ripe strawberry. Some herb and floral notes emerge on the end. With gentle tannins and good acidity, it’s at its peak proper now and is an efficient selection with a dinner of sausage and broccoli rabe tossed with spaghetti.
Like so many wines from this area, Cantina Valle Tritana’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is strong and rustic. With its simple enchantment and budget-friendly price ticket, it will work effectively as a refreshing purple in the summertime months — particularly with a slight chill.