2007 Stella Montepulciano d' Abruzzo

The 2007 Stella Montepulciano d' Abruzzo is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes grown in hillside vineyards on Italy's Adriatic coast. Stella is the creation of Leonardo LoCascio who, in partnership with growers and winemaker Danilo Chini, have put together a series of wines that exemplify the character of the varietal and the region. The wine is aged for six months in stainless steal tanks and a further three months in bottle before release.

On the nose I get some very nice black cherry notes as well as some additional aromas of savory dark chocolate, spice, and a hint of leather. This wine definitely has an Italian type bouquet that expresses a sense of place but the fruit is quite nice and pure as well.

On the palate the black cherry flavors continue to impress but this wine is quite dry and slightly rustic in nature. There is a nice coco note that combines with a touch of leather that eventually finishes dry with some cranberry and cherry notes.

I like this wine for it's simplicity, sense of place, and the obvious ability that it would have to pair with some hearty Italian cuisine. I would suggest perhaps Osso Bucco or a meat lovers style lasagna.

Average Retail: $7-8
Vino Blog Rating: 7/10

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