2016 Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1.5L Magnum
Gianni Masciarelli started making this Montepulciano in 1981. This is a great house wine red you can enjoy as the fruit is accessible and the tannins are soft. Aging in stainless steel maintains the freshness and vibrancy of the fruit, producing a wine that exhibits bright red berries, cherry, redcurrant and violet aromas and flavors. The wine is then racked and bottled by gravity without fining or filtration. Rich and ripe dark cherry fruit, along with attractive spicy, smoky notes. Fleshy and full, with surprising depth and length. This wine is intended to be consumed in its youth and is a terrific complement to roasted meats, pastas and pizza – the ultimate trattoria wine.
92 points, James Suckling. "The warmth but freshness of the wide array of forest fruit is beguiling, opening with dark cherries, blackberries, black raspberries and undergrowth. The palate is taut and finely wound in subtly wrought tannins and steely acidity. Medium-to full-bodied and medium-chewy on the finish. Drink now."