Gran Conti Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Gran Conti 2016 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ($9.99)

Gran Conti

Dark purple, almost black, shading to a thin garnet rim. high-tone cherries and blackberries on the nose with a hint of spice in the background. Tart plums and berries on the palate, shaped by zippy acidity, with a buzz of tannins becoming more evident in the finish. Alcohol not disclosed, but it’s clearly in the normal 12-13 percent range. U.S. importer: Prestige Wine Group, Princeton, Minn. (April 28, 2018)

FOOD MATCH: The back label suggests pairing it with aged cheeses, lamb, or roasted red meats. It went well, too, with pasta dressed with a fresh, spicy tomato sauce and crumbled Impossible Burger.

WHEN TO DRINK: It’s not meant for aging, but there’s no rush to drink it. Enjoy it at your leisure.

My local price is consistent with’s $10 average retail. Typical of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, it’s a fine value.

Only a few U.S. vendors currently offer Gran Conti 2016 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo on, but keep checking.

You can also browse for dozens of other good wines of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

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