Ruffino “Aziano” Chianti Classico


If you want a good Chianti that could serve as the picture next to the definition for Chianti in the dictionary, I don’t think you could do much better than the Ruffino “Aziano” Chianti Classico featured in this week’s column.

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Erasing Montepulciano confusion

A Vino Nobile di Montepulciano producer joyously announces a change.

If you want to argue that the world of fine wine is never confusing, you should probably avert your eyes from Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
But here’s interesting news: Frustrated at last with the ongoing confusion, wine makers in Vino Nobile’s home village are taking “Montepulciano” off the front label.
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La Fiera Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

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This tasty Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a clear dark reddish-purple color, shading to a lighter garnet edge. Simple but fresh, tart cherries and blackberries with an edge of spice on the nose and palate. Fresh-fruit acidity and moderate astringent tannins surround dark fruit on the palate, with appealing cherry-berry fruit lingering in the finish. Its 14 percent alcohol doesn’t overwhelm the flavor.

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