Friday, July 15, 2022

Umani Rochi 2020 “Podere” Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Here’s your go-to wine for casual Italian dining.

The Full Monty?

In the past six months, we’ve had more Montepulciano than ever. It’s been a tasty experience. The homeland of Montepulciano is central Italy’s Abruzzo region. The grape has found fans in different spots around the globe and, in fact, there’s some good “Monte” produced right here in North Carolina.

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Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC wines must be at least 85% Montepulciano grapes with the remainder being Sangiovese. The wine is known for being very approachable with low acidity and rounded flavors.

We took a bottle of Umani Rochi 2020 Podere Montepulciano D’Abruzzo out for a test drive and paired it with a nice Italian entrée. The Green Dragon whipped up some eggplant parmigiana with pasta.

What Grows Together, Goes Together

This proved the truth of one of our favorite adages: What grows together goes together. Wine and food from the same region usually is a great pairing. No sense in having a German Riesling with an Italian pasta dish, for example. Our eggplant dish was also prepared with basil from our herb garden, which fit beautifully with our wine.

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Podere means “farm” in Italian; these vines come from the Chieti and Teramo regions. The wine is fermented and aged in steel, resulting in delightfully fresh flavors. The wine also undergoes malolactic fermentation for a rounder, fuller mouth-feel.

This is a great easy-to-drink wine with soft red berry flavors, herbal notes, and a touch of smoke. This was a flawless pairing with our eggplant and it is also a great pick for pizza.

The SRP for this wine is $13 and you can find Montepulciano for affordable prices at almost any wine shop.

Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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