Sunday, January 15, 2012
2008 Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Cantina Zaccagnini il vino "dal tralcetto", Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC is about as dark as anything you'll see coming out Italy; save wines from the Veneto. On the nose I get a tremendous amount of primal, grapey, alcoholic, yeasty notes as well as baker's chocolate and a light floral essence. The palate, on the other hand, is a completely different animal. Intensely dry, oaky flavors and hefty tannins that suck the moisture right out of your cheeks. Acidity rewards an appropriate food pairing. If you're one of those people like me who are consistently underwhelmed by thin, acidic Chiantis, give this a try next time you're having spaghetti or stuffed shells.