Earlier this year, PalatePress.com published a lengthy article examining the character of Montepulciano in the North American continent.
Line up of Montepulciano wines tasted.
The wines featured spanned the map from California, to Texas, North Carolina and Mexico.
100% varietal Montepulcianos tasted:
2008 Mandola Spino, from Duchman Family Winery in Texas
2008 Raffaldini Montepulciano, from the Swan Creek AVA in North Carolina
>2008 Rock Wall Montepulciano, Contra Costa County
2009 Seven Artisans 2009 Montepulciano, Suisun Valley
2007 Witch Creek Montepulciano, Valle de Guadeloupe, Mexico
2008 Witch Creek Montepulciano, Valle de Guadeloupe, Mexico
Montepulciano-based blended wines tasted:
2007 Domenico Montepulciano, Central Valley
2007 Mahoney Vineyards Montepulciano, Carneros
2009 Wargin Solano County Red, Solano County
From the line-up, the authors selected five wines showing:
- Best varietal expression
- Best value
- Most intriguing
- Most Italian-like
- Best blend