It’s a wine with lost identity! Some say “Vino Nobile” (translation “great wine”) or simply “Nobile” (pronounced nob-ee-lay), but it is NOT “Montepulciano”. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is made from Sangiovese grapes in the Tuscan town of Montepulciano. It is often  confused with Montepulciano d Abruzzo (called Montepulciano), a wine from Montepulciano grapes in town of Abruzzo (100 miles from Montepulciano to Abruzzo).

Tuscany is world-renowned for their great Sangiovese wines of Brunello and Chianti Riservas, and Nobile is often excluded from this conversation. But Nobile offers tremendous value and quality, and should receive more respect.

Avignonesi_Nobile 2014

AVIGNONESI  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014 |
100% Sangiovese | 13.5% ALC |
Tuscany, Italy |$24 |
Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media) says “Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is laced with dark cherry, earthiness, spice, leather and smoke notes. Medium in body, with good persistence, it should drink well for at least a few years.”

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