Fresh, smooth and a bit rustic, the delicious Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta Rosso di Montepulciano.
Sample submitted for review. The wine has an SRP $16 and is available for as low as $14. 30,000 bottles produced.
Tenuta Gracciano della Seta is an historical estate of Montepulciano and its cellars go back to mid 1800s. Rosso di Montepulciano is produced with Prugnolo Gentile grapes, a clone of Sangiovese, and with small quantities of Canaiolo and Merlot grapes.
In one of the more confusing aspects of Italian wine Rosso di Montepulciano (and it's big brother Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) are actually not made with the Montepulciano grape, but simply come from around the town of Montepulciano in Tuscany. The red wines here are primarily made with Sangiovese, or as it is locally known Prugnolo Gentile.
The 2018 Tenuta di Gracciano della Seta Rosso di Montepulciano opens with a very pleasing, very Italian aroma of ripe red and black cherry, some floral notes, anise and other baking spice. Taking a sip reveals tart and juicy cherry, raspberry and a little plum fruit along with nice spice notes. Medium-bodied, smooth and a bit rustic this is a really delicious wine. It ends dry, savory, long. Excellent right now, it gets even better as it has a bit of time to breathe.
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