Whenever I put my name to a wine, I take the task very seriously. The “Pick Of The Month” is a big deal for me, since many of my friends will come into the store to pick up a bottle and give it a try. I want them to enjoy it and hopefully come back for more. I first tasted this wine on the golf course with my good friend Mike and immediately knew it had to be a wine of the month. It took me a while to get my hands on enough of it to support my pick and finally I am able to do it in December.
I am impressed with importer Bob Stevens (Penn Cove Wines) who has shown quite the knack for finding gems out of Italy. He was the general sales manager for Western Beverage and while in that position developed some lasting relationships with many wineries. These relationships have paid off and one of the wines he discovered is my pick…Here we go!
2014 Sanvito Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Abruzzo, Italy)… $8.
There are many Montepuciano d’Abruzzos out there that are good for the money. However, this one stretches into the exceptional for the dough. Aromas of worn leather, cherries, blackberries and a little rust action with a pinch of tobacco. Smooth structured tannins support notes of ripe cherries and blackberry notes with a solid backbone of acidity that “pops” the fruit notes on the palate and keeps it fresh. Worn leather and mineral notes join the party on the delicious, lingering finish with a splash of black olive coming through. A perfect wine for hamburgers, pizza, lasagna or spaghetti, but is also very good all by itself. A ton of wine for a prayer. (B/B+)
Distributed By Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham, WA)
Stan The Wine Man