From: Abruzzo, Italy
Taste: The 2021 Podere Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo presents an inviting ruby red color with subtle violet tints, hinting at the youthful vibrancy of the wine. Swirling the glass reveals an aromatic bouquet brimming with delicate notes of plum skin, pomegranate, Morello cherry, and a touch of blackberry. As the wine opens up, additional nuances of licorice, dried herbs, and a gentle hint of spice make their presence known.
On the palate, this Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is smooth and silky, offering a harmonious balance between its full-flavored, medium—bodied structure and refreshing acidity. The red and dark fruit flavors are complemented by subtle undertones of earthiness and spice, creating a complex yet approachable wine. The tannins are present, yet well-integrated, adding a pleasant texture and leading to a dry, flavorful finish that leaves a lasting impression.
Pairing: This versatile wine is a fantastic match for a wide range of dishes, from hearty meat dishes to vegetarian fare. Its fruit-forward character and balanced acidity make it a great companion for tomato-based sauces, roasted vegetables, and dishes featuring mushrooms or eggplant.
Regional (Abruzzo) pairing options: Embrace the flavors of Abruzzo by pairing this Montepulciano d'Abruzzo with traditional dishes such as pasta alla chitarra (Spaghetti alla Chitarra: Made with durum wheat semolina and egg, spaghetti alla chitarra, or guitar spaghetti, is named for the guitar-shaped tool that cuts the dough into large square-shaped spaghetti strands. The porous texture clings nicely to sauces. It's traditionally served in the traditional sugo di pallottine, a sauce comprised of tiny meatballs made from mixed meat. We’re sharing a take on this below.), lamb skewers with rosemary and garlic, or arrosticini (grilled skewers of mutton). For seafood lovers, consider matching this wine with brodetto di pesce, a classic Abruzzo fish stew featuring a tomato-based broth and a variety of local fish.
Vegetarian pairing options: Vegetarian dishes that feature bold flavors and umami-rich ingredients will complement the fruit and earthy notes of the 2021 Podere Umani Ronchi Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Consider pairing this wine with a hearty mushroom risotto, a rich eggplant Parmesan, or a lentil and vegetable stew seasoned with fresh herbs and spices. For a lighter option, a caprese salad with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil will enhance the wine's acidity and fruity character.
By Anna Francese Gass
About. Umani Ronchi is a quality-driven wine estate which has been owned by the Bianchi-Bernetti family since 1959. Specializing in Montepulciano for red and Verdicchio for white, they have found the finest expression of these varieties in the Marche and Abruzzo regions. Made of hand-picked grapes, this Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is smooth and silky with red fruit, licorice and gently spicy flavors.
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