The town of Montepulciano in the Tuscany region of Italy is home to the Avignonesi winery. In addition to six red wines, a Chardonnay, and a Sauvignon Blanc, the winery produces dessert wines, grappa, and olive oil.
The 2008 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was a red blend comprised of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero, and 5% Mammolo. The wine was aged in oak casks (50% Slovanian / 50% French) for 18 months, and spent an additional 6 months aging in the bottle prior to release. The wine carried an ABV of 14% and a DOCG classification.
In May 2012, I wrote up the Casanova di Neri wine tasting dinner at Undici. In his comments on my post, The Winegetter, a fellow wine blogger, asked for my thoughts on Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, recommending both Poliziano and Avignonesi. As I had not previously tasted either, I diligently set out to procure at least one of the two.
I happened upon the Avignonesi. I was glad I did.
Prior to sampling, the wine was decanted for 3 hours.
Cherry, black fruit, and licorice were all on the nose. They were direct, but welcoming.
Taking a sip, I found cherry, black fruit, pepper, and vanilla. I was surprised at the lightness in the mouth. This was a medium bodied wine, which was fine, I was just expecting something more full bodied from the look and bouquet. Tannins were in attendance, but were fairly subdued.
The finish was medium, bringing cherries and black fruit without tremendous depth. This was a very, nice bottle of wine. Not overly complex, but a result of traditional old school winemaking.
This wine would go well with any classic Italian fare. I had it with Swordfish Livornese and it went fabulously. Pair it with any tomato based sauce (I would even go Fra Diavlo with it) and I think you will be happy.
The 2008 Avignonesi Vino Nobile de Montepulciano cost me $23. At that price, it is a great table wine. I had ordered this bottle online, but if I come across it in any local stores, I will definitely pick some up. Thanks again to Oliver at The Winegetter (please check out his blog, if you haven’t already) for the suggestion.