~ Approaching Montepulciano ~

If you begin a conversation with someone about the best Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, chances are you’ll hear them mention the names Avignonesi and Poliziano.  And for good reason.  They are stalwart producers that both make wonderful Vino Nobile and in Avignonesi’s case – perhaps the best Vin Santo in all of Italy.  

But what you often don’t hear is Boscarelli and I can’t figure out why.  I’m reminded of that ridiculous quote from NFL Coach Buddy Ryan in speaking about future Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter:  “he’s not that good. All he does is catch touchdowns.”  Well, all Boscarelli does is consistently earn Tre Biccheri.  Every year I attend an event – there they are.  Pouring their 2007 Riserva or their Vigna Nocio…  quietly going about their craft one Tre Bicchieri at a time.  

Today’s review is on Boscarelli’s recent release – a traditionally crafted wine from their small 34 acre estate.   The 2011 Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is almost entirely Prugnolo Gentile – the local name for the clone of Sangiovese used in Vino Nobile – but there is some colorino and canaiolo in the blend.  
It’s a rustic ruby in the glass, a color not deeply affected by the large botte aging employed at the estate.  The aromas lift from the glass.  Flowers, chestnut, dried herbs and cherry are noticeable and attractive.  On the palate, the flavors mirror the nose with good persistence and the peppery spice interjects itself on the finish.  I like this wine a lot.  It’s honest, stripped down,  but made with modern attention.  And the value is there at under $25.  91 points.  
~ Boscarelli’s Noble Wine from the Corradi Family ~


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