Thursday, July 30, 2020

Art Of Earth 2019 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Art Of Earth 2019 Montepulciano D'AbruzzoThis is one of Italy’s most famous wines. This bottle is also filled with organic goodness.

The Succulent Grape You May Not Know

Italy has more than 2,000 indigenous grapes so you can be excused if you don’t know them all. Chances are you are familiar with Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, the grapes that make Chianti and Barolo respectively. Today we make a case for getting to know the Montepulciano grape.

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Montepulciano is widely grown in central Italy, especially in the Abruzzo region. That’s where the the 2019 Art of Earth 2019 Montepulciano originates. Montepulciano is one of the top Italian wine exports. Montepulciano is native to Abruzzo and, confusingly, has no link to the town named Montepulciano in Tuscany. The grape is dark with soft acidity.

Art Of Earth

Art of Earth is aptly named. In my memory banks I recall Montepulciano being a laid back wine with an easy-going character. This wine gave me a new perspective. The grapes are grown in light, sandy loam soil and benefit from a warm maritime climate. It is medium body made with certified organic grapes.

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Although a young wine, it has some captivating aspects. The Art of Earth really dials up the earthy quality of Montepulciano. Envision tramping on a rocky dirt path in the forest – oh yes, with leather hiking boots. It has notes of dry herbs and leather. The accent is on black fruits (blackberries and black cherry) with more tannins than I expected, but not overwhelming.

This wine is a winner – especially at the $12 SRP. Art of Earth is a savory wine that would pair nicely with robust Italian dishes.

Full disclosure – We received this wine as a marketing sample.

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