Enjoying a lovely weekend with friends and family, we found ourselves at one of my sister’s go to restaurants in Hudson NY. Baba Louie’s is a small, somewhat local chain of 3 crowd-pleasing Italian, family style restaurants. To accompany the 6 varied types of pizza we ordered, my sister selected a liter carafe of their house wine, Stella Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2011. Stella was founded in 1986 by Leonardo LoCascio, Founder and Chairman of Winebow, Inc, a leading American importer of wines and spirits from around the world. With a mission of creating quality, value wines for everyday drinking he partnered with various growers and winemaker Danilo Chini. The grapes for the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo were sourced from hillside vineyards near the Adriatic coast of Abruzzo.
Dark garnet in colour, aromas of blackberry and damp leaves swirled about in the glass. Aged in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavours, cherry and blackberry notes were slightly overpowered by astringent tannins in the medium body. Earthy leaves and traces of white pepper comprised the dry finish. An everyday table wine with some decent fruit elements, I found it too acidic for my personal taste.
Bottled by Valle Reale Popoli
$10 [average cost for 1.5L]