Cards of Wine

Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)

Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine from Montepulciano in Tuscany.

The main grape (70%) is a Sangiovese clone called Prugnolo Gentile.

Profile

Body
Tannins
Fruit
Acidity

Flavors

Black Cherry. Blueberry. Plum.
Flowers. Violets.
Oak. Licorice. Coffee. Smoke.

Food Pairing

Tuscan. International.
Tomato Sauce. Pasta Arrabbiata. Pizza. Polenta or Tagliatelle with Balck Truffle.
Herb Grilled Pork. Bistecca Fiorentina. Wild Boar Ragù.
Poultry. Game. Roasts. Braises. Stews.

Mature Cheese. Pecorino di Pienza. Parmigiano Reggiano.

  Serving temperatures:
  16-18°C (61-64°F)

About

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC is a younger brother of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. Both are from Tuscany. Both are made with minimum 70% Sangiovese grapes.

Rosso di Montepulciano DOC classification was created in 1989 to create a wine that needed less aging than Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG.

The DOC requires to spend only 6 months in oak and 1 year total aging before release.

This classification enables the producers to make money from the DOC while waiting for the DOCG wine to age!

Rosso di Montepulciano should not be confused with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a red wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region of Italy.

About Sangiovese

Sangiovese translates to "Blood of Jove" (the Roman God Jupiter).

The Sangiovese wines from Tuscany are world famous.

Typical Chianti and Montepulciano wines are Sangiovese blends (70-80%).

Typical Montalcino wines are made from 100% Sangiovese:

DOC(G)Grapes
Brunello di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese
Rosso di Montalcino 100% Sangiovese
Chianti Minimum 80% Sangiovese
Nobile di Montepulciano Minimum 70% Sangiovese
Rosso di Montepulciano Minimum 70% Sangiovese