Sunday, January 29, 2012

2009 Umani Ronchi Podere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

In the Glass: Medium cherry red
On the Nose: Red fruit and violets predominate with  leather overtones.

On the Palate: Simple and fresh flavors of sour cherry and leather. Slightly sour finish of strawberries. Very little tannins or oak detected. Needs no further bottle aging, but should hold up well for the next 2-3 years.
Style: Light and fresh.

Rating: 87/100.

Price Range: $10.00-12.00. This wine is available at selective wine shops and online.

Comments: This wine is produced from 100% organically grown Montepulciano grapes from the Montipagano region of Abruzzi. After destemming and a soft pressing, must is let to ferment at a temperatureof 26-28°C in a steel tank for 10/12 days. Once alcoholic fermentation is completed, wine undergoes malolactic fermentation, after which part of the winegoes through a short refining period in a oak barrels. UMANI RONCHI has been in the Bianchi-Bernetti family for almost fifty years, having been founded as an Azienda Agricola (agricultural company) in 1957 by Gino Umani Ronchi at Cupramontana, in the heart of the production area of Verdicchio Classico, in the Marche Region. In 2002 the winery purchased a 30 hectare holding in the Teramane hills, a designated sub-area of Doc Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and has been producing this wine from the harvest there since 2003. This is a classic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine made in a less severe and oaked version than the ones you may be accustomed to. Yet it retains all the fine characteristics of the varietal Montepulciano grape. I would serve this wine with a Vitello Tonnato, tomato based dishes and pastas, as well as rosemary infused lamb shanks.

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