Archive for ‘Montelpulciano’

February 24, 2017

Di Majo Norante Ramitello, 2012


This opens up nicely with pronounced bittersweet chocolate and sour cherry.  Light notes of candied violets.  The final push, a raspberry soda with a woodsy note, is soft and not overwhelming.  Silken on the palate.  Drinks like a well tailored suit.


Over at RA’s Wine Advocate, Monica Larner referred to it as having a sophisticated international style and being “exciting value” from southern Italy.  It is all that and then some.  While we couldn’t quite get the 91 points of the whole enterprise we do say this: BC churns out a wine like this there are seven “very limited” cases at $80 a bottle.  I exaggerate, but you get my drift.  At this price point BC vineyards are selling their “base model” reds that are often bitter and lesser and forgettable.  Plus, why not try something from Abruzzi-Molise?


Price: Regularly a very respectable $24 at BC Liquor, on sale currently at $22.50 but, and I must rub your nose in this, only $19 in Ontario.  We really are the oppressed state Ms. Christy Clark.


Market Liquidity: You’d be hard pressed to serve this at dinner and not please the lot.

May 28, 2012

Torre dei Beati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, 2009

So after we got through the Pithos Bianco (reviewed here) we ordered a bottle of montepulciano which wasn’t that expensive and which we just wanted for some pizza and braised pork dishes we were sharing.  There is in BC a lot of cheap montepulciano and it can be hit and miss; not something I usually test the waters on.  But the waitress recommended it based on our orders.

Was it heaven on earth?  No.  Was it perfect with casual food and friends?  Absolutely.  Extremely food friendly.  Sort of an Italian take on Merlot-for-Dummies, super easy to drink, smooth and likable on the first sip.  Not a lot of dimension and hard to discern the deep flavours concordant with the deep colour but what a pleasing simple wine for easy going restaurant fare.  If wine is as much context as viniculture then this bottle was just as good as if we’d gone with the big guns.

Price: $29 USD in a Portland, Oregon restaurant.

Market Liquidity: Like a horse and carriage