Daily Archives: June 7, 2012

2009 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

You recognize the bottle by the piece of vine that is incorporated. My shot of the label is so blurry, it does not really help.

Just a short tasting note today. We are in full preparation mode for our Germany trip and expecting a visitor this weekend.

Last night, we were invited over to friends and brought this bottle of wine. I had picked it up a while back, and had read a great review HERE! somewhere, cannot find it anymore. If it was you, give me a sign and the link and I will enter it here. The dinner was spaghetti with a pancetta, roast red peppers and chili sauce with parsley, so I figured this wine should be working well with it.

The nose was quite appealing, no distinguishable notes for me. Directly after opening, the wine was still somewhat unbalanced, and I noticed some sauerkraut notes (seriously!). It was not unpleasant, but definitely surprising. After half an hour the wine had opened up to a really appealing fruity wine. With strawberry jam in the nose, and a round, balanced acid-flavor structure on the palate. Combined with the chili in the dish, the wine’s peppery notes raced over my tongue.

We finished the night with some bourbon (Hirsch and Five Roses) and called it a day. For about $12, I think this is a decent enough wine.

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