La Fiera Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2009

Let's cover a factioid first; there are two wines that have Montepulciano in the name.  Montepulciano D'Abruzzo wines come from the Abruzzo region of Italy and are made from the Montepulciano grape.  Abruzzo is east of Rome, and about 40 miles from the eastern coast.  In other words, in the lower calf region of the boot.  Then there is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which comes from Tuscany and is made from Sangoivese.  Tuscany is farther north and is closer to the west coast, so farther up the leg and more in the upper-shin region.  (Sorry for getting technical.)

The Montepulciano D'Abruzzo wines tend to be more grapey and lighter in style but in good producers you can find darker richer wines that are worthy of barrel aging.

The La Fiera 09 is a lighter style wine that is missing most of what I don't like about Montepulciano; twangy high frequency wines that don't have much going on.  Fortunately for you, it isn't enough for a wine to 'not suck,' this wine has some good virtues as well.  The nose shows cherries, leather and coco; which is classic for these wines.  It is distinctively not twangy and weird, which can be so common.  The palate is clean and has nice weight, acidity and texture.  It has plumy black cherries, baking spices and a fruity finish.

This is a great value wine and a very good representation of what I like about Montepulciano D'Abruzzo.  Happy drinking.

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