Friday, January 8, 2016

Tasting Notes - Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Name: Masciarelli Montepulciano D'Abruzzo
Producer: Masciarelli
Region: San Martino, Abruzzo, Italy
Grape Varieties: Montepulciano

Overall Rating:  

Pairing: Chicken Riggies!  This is a pasta specialty from my hometown, Utica, NY.  It's a creamy pink sauce with chicken and hot peppers, and this Montepulciano D'Abruzzo was a perfect pairing.

Color: Dark Purple

Intensity: Moderate
Age: Some Age
Scent: Spicy, dried cherry and light plum

Dry/Sweet: Dry
Body: Medium
Acidity: Fresh
Tannin: Low/Medium
Flavors: Cherry and leather
Finish: Long(5-7 sec)

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wine Resolutions 2016

It's the start of new year, and I'm making the obligatory resolutions...

Luckily, my resolutions are wine focused, so hopefully they won't be too unrealistic. ;)

2016 will be the the year of grape! Each month, I will try to do a deep-dive study of a different grape.  I hope to learn as much as I can about the grape and the regions that produce it, and then hopefully compare a couple of wines of that varietal.   Here's a rough plan  for the first half of the year...

January - Merlot
February- Zweigelt
March- Gamay
April- Carmenere
May- Pinot
June - Semillon

Cheers to 2016!