Mini-Review – Vallevo 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Everyday Italian wines are pretty popular at my house.  On a casual night in, we love to make pastas and pizzas from scratch.  I am always on the lookout for nicely priced wines to pair with our Italian fare.

Vallevo 2012 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Vallevo 2012 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

One of our go-to, everyday Italian wines is Vallevo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.  It is a meaty wine with tastes of dark fruit and black olives.  Balanced and well-made for the price.  It pairs well with simple pasta dishes and also holds it own against grilled meats.  I am thinking pasta with a wild boar sauce would be a great combo! (13.5% alcohol, $9)

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Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

With the kickoff of the NFL and NCAA football seasons, pizza seems to be making a regular appearance in our household.  Over the weekend, we made a mushroom and 3 cheese pizza and paired it with a bottle of Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.   I picked it up at Domaine LA for a mere $11 and it was simple yet really enjoyable for the price point!

Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Tenuta Deangelis 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Tasting Notes

This ruby colored wine has aromas of black currents, forest floor, and black cherries.  The earthy notes continue on the palate along with flavors of plums and dark cherries.  Soft tannins, straight-forward flavors, and great with simple Italian fare!

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with mushroom pizza, pasta with marinara, or grilled sirloin.


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