The next day, I would discover the famous country side that gave its name to the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that must not be confused with the grape of the same name grown in Abruzzo, Molise and Marche regions. Notwithstanding its proximity to the warm inland climate of Montalcino, the region of Montepulciano presents fairly different climatic conditions as a result of being deprived of the beneficial maritime breezes enjoyed just 20 miles away. This tends to make an earthier Sangiovese, with slightly less-polished tannins, yet displaying impressive color and intensity.
I personally enjoy Vino Nobile a great deal. It offers a bit more bite than most Chiantis, even Classicos, and the Riservas are quite interesting displaying nice baked fruit fragrances of great complexity and have the advantage of being much more affordable than Brunellos. Paolo Trapolini, winemaker at Avignonesi, one of the regions greatest estates with Poliziano, Boscarelli and Fattoria del Cerro, even confessed to me that while his wines are not necessarily the best (compared to top Brunellos), glasses always get empty.
written by Gabriel Riel-Salvatore