A nice little Italian wine (technically speaking a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC)from the vineyards of Elio Monti. I had this one at a restaurant last night...it's always nice to see lesser-known wines on a by-the-glass winelist. You just get so sick of seeing the same Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot choices all the freakin' time.

Anyway, this was a nice, light, round wine that went very well with the fettucine alfredo I ordered (yes, a red wine with a cream sauce--that's just my way). The wine presented a nice aroma with a tinge of black pepper. As with most Montepulcianos, the wine had moderate tannins and low acidity, so it was easy to drink and offered a nice finish. I think you can get this at about $10-12 a bottle retail. A solid wine, and a good buy (if you don't buy by the glass!).

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