A layered offering from Montemercurio in the tradition of the Montepulciano region…
Name: Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Region/Country: Montepulciano, Siena, Italy
Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese
Consumed: On a Friday, after a long week.
Recommended By: LCBO
Bottle Presentation: Very classic Italian, reminiscent of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.
Appearance: Medium garnet colour.
Nose: Medium nose of black licorice, leather, mocha, sour cherries, grilled meat and vanilla.
Taste: Light-to-medium body, medium-to-high tannins (they were mouth drying), high acidity, with notes of earth, tobacco, black pepper, dark chocolate, and cherry wood.
Finish: Medium finish
Overall Impression: This Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Montemercurio is a classic Old-World style wine, with a nice degree of complexity. Although it felt gritty in the mouth with our sweet potato fries with garlic aioli, it should pair well with cheese or pasta with tomato-based sauce. These would match the various tastes more appropriately.
Rating (from 70 to 100): 88/100