I took Max Koepke’s advice and opened up my mind (and mouth) to the Italian wine experience. I took to the map (aka Googled a map of Italy and its wine regions) and chose the Italian region of Tuscany to focus on. Thanks to some trusted wino friends, I was quickly steered towards the producer Poliziano and their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano. Both Vino Nobile and Rosso are made from the sangiovese varietal.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
As one of Italy’s leading wines, Vino Nobile brings all of the grace and elegance it’s aristocratic name suggests. Vino Nobile is aged for a minimum of two years and presents firm tannins and bright acidity. Poliziano’s Vino Nobile di Montepulciano carries delicate berry aromas with hints of cherries, violets and tobacco.
Rosso di Montepulciano
While similar in style to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Rosso di Montepulciano is usually lighter and fruitier and ready to drink at a younger age. This wine is produced by the downgrading grapes that are classified as Vino Nobile; however, don’t let that deter you from enjoying this scintillating wine. Poliziano did a lovely job of highlighting this wine’s high toned cherry and red raspberry fruit characteristics, while allowing cedar, mushroom, and tobacco notes to share in the spotlight. It’s true that Rosso di Montepulciano spends less time in oak, and it’s also true that this soft wine is full of approachable tannins that’s sure make it a great pair for any of your Tuscan themed dinners.
If you’d like to try either of these fantastic wines paired with food, Luca D’Italia is having a wine dinner tonight featuring these and other Poliziano wines.