Campotino, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Tenuta del Priore 2017
Lovely crunchy black fruit, fresh and lively palate with soft tannins on the finish. Attractive, easy and forward with great depth of flavour. From a winery just inland from Pescara on the Adriatic coast.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Area||Umbria & Mid Italy|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Chicken, Grilled|
Firstly, those juicy guzzlers that we turn to when the pizza is on its way or the pasta is bubbling, awaiting a nice rich tomato sauce. Not to be confused with the much more prestigious sangiovese-based Vino Nobile du Montepulciano, but made with the Montepulciano grape, the Campotino Tenuta Del Priore Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2017 is just such a wine – a lovely easy-going bottle from the Atlantic [sic] coast, packed with brambly, crunchy black fruit, touches of chocolate and a lovely soft finish.
Pleasingly bright and juicy, like the crimson, sweet-sour juice of cherries and damsons, flecked with more herbal and astringent flavours – bark, and tobacco. Makes me long for porchetta, or a plate of pasta.
This is just the sort of uncomplicated but delicious Italian red that cheers up any chill winter evening or Sunday lunch. Full of juicy cherry, damson and hedgerow berry fruit against a backdrop of light peppery, herbal notes, it's that bit more polished than most Montepulciano d'Abruzzo at under £10 and is one of a trio of wines from the Mazzocchetti family of Tenuta del Priore that Tanners has just listed. I could as happily have chosen either of the other two, a white Abruzzo or the fuller, oak-matured Montepulciano. This, though, is a shoo-in with meaty sausages – British, Toulouse, fennel-flavoured Italian – or pasta with meat sauces or meatballs, while being equally at home with the likes of spinach with anchovy and goats' cheese or pecorino. It's not going to do Dover sole or turbot any favours, but it'll slot in with all sorts of everyday dishes or roasts.