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Montepulciano is a red Italian wine grape variety that is most noted for being the primary grape behind the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine Offida Rosso, Montepulciano d Abruzzo Colline Teramane (as well its larger DOC outside of Colline Teramane), Rosso Conero and the Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC) wines Rosso Piceno Superiore.
The grape is widely planted throughout central and southern Italy, most notably in Abruzzo, Latium, Marche, Molise, Umbria and Apulia, and is a permitted variety in DOC wines produced in 20 of Italy's 95 provinces. Montepulciano is rarely found in northern Italy because the grape has a tendency to ripen late and can be excessively green if harvested too early. When fully ripened, Montepulciano can produce deeply colored wines, with moderate acidity and noticeable extract and alcohol levels.
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Contesa Shirin Passito Rosso 2005 Contesa Shirin Passito Rosso (500ml)

Producer: Contesa
Vintage: 2005
Region: Abruzzo
Varietal: Montepulciano D Abruzzo (85%), Malvasia (15%)
Color: Red

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Castello di Torre in Pietra Terre di Breccia Lazio Rosso 2009 Castello di Torre in Pietra Terre di Breccia Lazio Rosso

Producer: Castello di Torre in Pietra
Vintage: 2009
Region: Lazio
Varietal: Cesanese, Montepulciano, Sangiovese
Color: Red

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2013 Cantina Castello di Torre in Pietra Roma Rosso DOC 2013 Cantina Castello di Torre in Pietra Roma Rosso DOC

Producer: Castello di Torre in Pietra
Vintage: 2013
Region: Lazio
Varietal: Montepulciano (50%), Cesanese (35%), Sangiovese (15%)
Color: Red

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2007 Pasetti Harimann Montepulciano D' Abruzzo 2007 Pasetti Harimann Montepulciano D' Abruzzo

Producer: Pasetti
Vintage: 2007
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: Montepulciano dAbruzzo DOC
Varietal: Montepulciano (100%)
Color: Red

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Pasetti Montepulciano D Abruzzo 2012 Pasetti Montepulciano D Abruzzo

Producer: Pasetti
Vintage: 2011
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: Montepulciano D Abruzzo DOC
Varietal: Montepulciano (100%)
Color: Red

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Pasetti Passito D Abruzzo Gesmino 2012 Pasetti Gesmino Passito D Abruzzo 500ML

Producer: Pasetti
500ml
Vintage: 2012
Region: Abruzzo
Varietal: Moscato di Castiglione (100%)
Color: White

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2013 Pasetti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2013 Pasetti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Producer: Pasetti
Vintage: 2013
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: Montepulciano D Abruzzo DOC
Varietal: Montepulciano (100%)
Color: Red

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2009 Pasetti Tenutarossa Montepulciano D Abruzzo Magnum 1.5 Liters 2009 Pasetti Tenutarossa Montepulciano D Abruzzo Magnum 1.5 Liters

Producer: Pasetti
Vintage: 2008
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: Montepulciano D Abruzzo DOC
Varietal: Montepulciano (100%)
Color: Red

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2012 Pasetti Tenutarossa Montepulciano D Abruzzo 2012 Pasetti Tenutarossa Montepulciano D Abruzzo DOCG

Producer: Pasetti
Vintage: 2012
Region: Abruzzo
Sub-Region: Montepulciano D Abruzzo DOC
Varietal: Montepulciano (100%)
Color: Red

Our Price: $27.99
   
 

Montepulciano is produced in all four provinces of Abruzzo--L'Aquila, Chieti, Pescara and Teramo—with the southern province of Chieti producing the largest total quantity of wine. The mountainous province of L'Aquila is noted mainly for the dry rosé labeled as Cerasuolo produced in the DOC. The most favorable vineyards are planted in the northern provinces of Pescara and Teramo with the later having its own DOCG designation above Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
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These northern provinces benefit from having less fertile soils with more ferrous clay and limestone mix and higher elevations as the Apennines draw closer to the Adriatic. This creates cooler microclimates that tend to produce more concentrated wine.

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