Following our easy-going VRAC Côtes du Rhône, my sister and I decided to continue on with an everyday style glass, but she fancied something Italian. She emerged from my wine bar rack with a bottle of Cantina Zaccagnini Riserva Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2008. She had enjoyed this a few weeks back at a friend’s dinner party, and thought it would be the perfect accompaniment to our four cheese ravioli with roasted pepper pesto. Founded in 1978, the Zaccagnini family and vineyards have a strong connection to the land and a commitment to protecting nature. The main building on the estate features a roof shaped like the wings of a seagull, and also functions as an art gallery; the bottle cellar is made of all natural materials and overlooks Majella National Park. Sustainably farmed, hand harvested and budget friendly, I was enthusiastic to give it a pour.
Dark garnet in colour after aerating woodsy aromas of cedar and clove swirled about in my glass. Smoky plum and chewy raisin flavours were entwined with earthy leather and rich, sweet notes of vanilla in the medium to full body. Spicy black pepper and cozy cinnamon gave way to lingering smoky wisps of cedar in the lengthy finish. Sweet and smooth with balancing, dry tannins, this is a fantastic everyday table wine.
Estate Bottled by Az. Agricola Ciccio Zaccagnini s.r.l., Bolognano
Enjoy now thru 2013