2017 Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy, Abruzzo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$8.00USD

Citra is a collection of farmers in Abruzzo who got together to form a winery.  They make a variety of wines that are inexpensive yet enjoyable.  This is screw capped.  It has a deep garnet color.  The nose has cherries, candied cherries, smoke and a bit of spice.  On the palate, it's more cherries and sour cherries with some spice.  Good acidity.  Nice finish.  An easy drinking wine that is priced well.  Made to drink now.  Will work well with pizza, pasta or burgers. 

2017 Citra Sangiovese Terre di Chieti IGT, Italy, Abruzzo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Citra is a collection of 3,000 growers who came together to form a winery, so basically a co-op.  Terre di Chieti is a growing area in Abruzzo that has yet to achieve DOC(G) status.  This is a charming red wine that is inexpensive and ready to drink.  The bottle is screw capped.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is nice with cherries and leather.  There is also a sweaty horse scent which I enjoyed.  It is warm and earthy and in the back ground so not over powering.  On the palate, this has a soft texture.  It is earthy but clean with nice cherries.  Slightly drying tan

2017 Citra Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Italy, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is a nice inexpensive white wine from the region of Abruzzo.  It is made with the Trebbiano grape.  Pale, silvery copper in color.  The nose has citrus (grapefruit and orange) with slight mint.  On the palate, this has a nice mouthfeel.  Pink grapefruit flavors.  Tart.  It actually has some slight tannins.  Long finish.  This will be great at a party.  it will go well with salads and pasta dishes as well well as fish or fowl.  The screw cap will help it maintain its freshness but it should be drunk now.  

2009 Torre Raone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo San Zopito, Italy - Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is a step up from most MdA's.  Very good.  it is ripe and there is a slight ripe/sweetness to it.  It is delicious.  Purple in color.  The nose has plums and sandalwood.  On the palate, ripe plums and dark cherries.  Enough acidity.  Good finish.  At $30, it is pricier, but worth it.  At 8 years from vintage, it seems to be just closing in on peak but not quite.  

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: A Wonderful Red Wine from the Region of Abruzzo

Heading due east from Rome lays the region of Abruzzo. This is a historically poor region whose people inhabit the hills and mountains so prevalent in the province. The people are proud and independent. They resemble the peoples of Italy’s southern regions in attitude and aptitude. Likewise the food and wine cultures reflect that lack of affluence centered on a hard working community. The hillsides are excellent for viticulture. The most popular red grape is the Montepulciano although many other grapes are grown here most notably Sangiovese.