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Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2018

I must admit that up until today I tended to shy away from Italian red wines. For the most part, I've only experienced too fruity or too tannic wines that I have sampled from Italy. But I could not dismiss a country that brings us such other passionate offerings such as Neapolitan pizza and Ferraris. So when I saw this at Costco I decided to give Italy another try. Initial pour unearthed dark cherry and ruby colors. Surprisingly, there was not much nose to the wine but when I tasted the first mouthful, it had medium light, dry fruity flavors, light tannins that sweetly lingered on your palate. I was reintroduced to Italian wines!

The wine is made with Montepulciano grapes aged in neutral oak barrels for 8-9 months. This is an easy drinking table red what would pair well with poultry, hearty seafood dishes and of course any red meat fare like steak and lamb. I paid 11.89 per bottle which is kinda of a sweet spot, there are many good wines at this price point.

Winery Website: Zaccagnini

Country/State: Italy

Appellation: Bolognano, Pescara, Abruzzo

Varietal: Montepulciano

Price Paid: 11.89

CWR Rating: 89pts

Costco Item #: 733700

Where purchased: Costco Tukwila, WA


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