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Monteguelfo 2011
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, Italy

It Started in Naples (1960)
TUESDAY, MAY 30 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

Head south from the vineyards of Tuscany to find the vibrant port city of Naples and the island of Capri, the settings of Clark Gable and Sophia Loren’s Technicolor romance. Like this richly structured and complex red, the two indelible stars are hard to resist, especially when set against the film’s incredible Italian backdrops, beautifully shot on location.

THE WINE

Named for the town of Montepulciano (and made with a unique clone of Sangiovese called Prugnolo Gentile, famous for yielding dark-fruited wines with serious body and structure), Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s greatest reds. This exclusive arrives from the cellars of the Cecchi family and was aged two years in small oak barrels (winemaker Andrea Cecchi, below with brother Cesare, proudly raved about its “naturally rich extraction and good structure”). Then there’s the great 2011 vintage to consider, which “delivered low volume and excellent quality due to a long, hot summer and rain-free harvest,” says Wine Enthusiast.

After an additional three-plus years mellowing in bottle, Monteguelfo is drinking beautifully. In fact, it won a gold medal from Berliner Wein Trophy (one of Europe’s toughest shows). Full-bodied and well-structured, it boast layers of ripe dark fruit and toasty oak, along with fine, food-friendly tannins and a long, smooth finish. It makes a delicious partner for roasted meats or hearty pasta dishes

THE REGION

Montepulciano (the grape) is planted across Italy, but Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (the wine) is “a potentially majestic and certainly noble red wine made exclusively in the township of Montepulciano” (The Oxford Companion to Wine). Quality has skyrocketed recently, but prices haven’t caught up, which means “there has never been a better time to buy Montepulciano” (Wine Enthusiast)

WITH FOOD

As with all great Tuscan wine, Monteguelfo is made to be enjoyed with food. We recommend it with savory meats, such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak), rack of lamb or roasted venison. If meat isn’t on the menu, go for hearty vegetarian pastas or firm, aged cheeses. Whatever you choose, decant the wine an hour before serving to open up its complex flavors.

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