Friday, November 23, 2012

Wines of Abruzzo & Le Marche, Italy

We tasted two wines from two wonderful regions, transporting us back on a journey to where they started in Italy. Our first was the Saladini Pilastri "Pregio del Conte", a 50/50 blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico, coming from the Le Marche region of Italy. Le Marche is just East of Tuscany and Umbria. This is a deep ruby wine--pure beauty in a glass--possibly as awesome as the picturesque views of Italy itself. The Pregio del Conte has inviting aromas of black cherries and dark chocolate. We loved this wine before tasting it! Those black cherries showed through in flavor, along with some spice and a nice rustic dusty basement. Tannins were well balanced and were followed by a long smooth dry finish. This is a steal for an Italian wine at this price point.

Our second wine was a 100% Montepulciano by Barba wines. This "Colle Morino" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo was a special treat for us, because a portion of my ancestry traces back to Abruzzo, Italy. Needless to say, we are always excited to taste wines from the lands of our ancestors. We got loads of fresh cherries and a "farmy" earthiness that, if we closed our eyes, transported us to an old rustic farmhouse in Abruzzo. The wine was smooth and easy drinking. It paired especially well with a homemade pasta in meat sauce. This wine really brought us "home" and would recommend it to anyone. Again, at a sub-$15 price, you can't go wrong.

Saladini Pilastri Pregio del Conte
Body: medium to full
Approx. Cost: $15
Food Pairing: Grilled or Roasted Pork

Barba Colle Morino Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Body: medium to full
Approx. Cost: $13
Food Pairing: Pasta Bolognese


Congrats for this delicious experience! Good wine.

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