Cantina Zaccagnini 2013 “dal Tralcetto” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Sometimes you just come across a wine that looks a little gimmicky. The Cantina Zaccagnini 2013 “dal Tralcetto” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo has it all — a hard-to-read Italian label, some straw, and somehow, the straw is tying up a little knuckle of what I have to assume is a well-fumigated piece of grapevine.
I happened to be in Abruzzo in the fall of 2013, although I didn’t visit this winery. I saw and learned a whole lot about montepulciano d’Abruzzo and how this is a vastly understated grape able to make wines of style and substance, but also tasty and approachable wines suitable for a range of cuisines — certainly something suitable for stocking up on if you like to eat…food.
On to this little gem.
Big, juicy fruits but marvellously complemented by a dried, dusty, peppery character on the nose and a solid, earthy bitterness on the finish. Sounds a little strange, but this is precisely what this grape needs sometime: a little extra honesty to give it some depth. Fruit-wise, they are still generous with a touch of Beaujolais-esque character that might be lifting the fruits a little, à la carbonic maceration.
This wine was very enjoyable; it grew enough on me that it became the dinner wine (homemade Bolognese sauce with spaghetti, thank you very much) and will be something that I’ll look for to stock up. I’d hold this up as a great example of well-made interesting wine at a hell of a price. About $18 bucks. CSPC +862003