“Enticing scents of fragrant purple flower, fleshy plum and cake spice lift out of the glass. The straightforward palate doles out ripe blackberry, dried black cherry and black pepper alongside rounded tannins.”
“Dark spice, new leather, ripe plum and a whiff of grilled herb aromas take center stage on this hearty red. The full-bodied palate offers mature blackberry, dried black cherry, tobacco and licorice alongside fine-grained tannins.”
The 2007 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo offers up sweet scents of tobacco, wild cherries, herbs and graphite on a medium to full-bodied frame. All of the elements come together beautifully in this silky, elegant wine. The intensity of the fruit carries through to the long finish.
The massive, exuberant Pignotto is loaded with dark fruit. Despite the wine's size, there is plenty of clarity and detail here as well. The tannins remain rather firm, yet the wine possesses more than enough density in its fruit to provide balance.
This small family-run estate in Abruzzo makes wines loaded with character. Oenologist Riccardo Cotarella has succeeded in giving the wines a little more polish without robbing the wines of their distinctive personalities. These unfiltered wines strike a very beautiful balance between traditional and modern styles. Monti's 2004 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is an awesome glass of wine. This plump, juicy, cask-aged Montepulciano is loaded with jammy dark cherries, spices and underbrush. It should offer its finest drinking, not to mention a lot of pleasure, over the next few years.