Tomorrow is the Italian Wine Masters event featuring the Consorzi of Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Prosecco. I’m looking forward to the event. I will be helping to pour wines for my dear friend, Susanna Crociani or Crociani Wines.
Susanna is a dear friend and I am a big fan of her wines and of Montepulciano. I’ve written about it many times such as in this post from last year.
Last year I was pouring older Brunellos but this year I will be focused on Vino Nobile di Montepulicano. I feel like this DOCG from Tuscany never really gets its fair shake, squeezed by Brunello, Chianti and Super-Tuscans of great fame but Vino Nobile is an real gem that shouldn’t be ignored. The Rosso di Montepulicano is a very affordable lovely blend that is easy on the palate and on the wallet. The Vino Nobile,while a “bigger” wine in all ways is still a great wine both in terms of price and quality.
Susanna’s version is very traditional made with only indigenous varietals: Prugnolo Gentile, Canaiolo Nero and Mammolo in large oak barrels. She is a true ambassador for her region and keeping the faith.
I hope those in the trade will come by and taste this great wine, Susanna’s as well as other producers. I wrote an article for the Sommelier Journal on another famed producer from the area, Avignonesi.
As you can see, I am a big fan of this beautiful land. In fact, the picture on my blog is taken from Susanna’s agriturismo, il Cantastorie. I can’t wait to go back.
See you tomorrow then!