2016 Tenuta di Gracciano Della Seta Rosso di Montepulciano

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The Setta Ferrari Corbelli family have owned the historic Villa Svetoni and its surrounding vineyards since the mid 1900’s, but the property has been well known for its wines produced in the Gracciano hills for centuries. Though the name is understandably confusing, the wines of Montepulciano are not made from the montepulciano grape – which is widely grown in Abruzzo, south east of Tuscany. Prugnolo gentile is the local name for the clone of sangiovese grown around the village of Montepulciano in the easternmost section of Tuscany, near Siena. The appellation’s most famous wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, is required to spend at least two years in barrel, just as in Chianti Classico Riserva and Brunello di Montalcino. The Gracciano Rosso is made from the same fruit used for the the estate’s highest wines, but only spends about eight months in barrel before bottling. It is soft and smooth with chewier, darker cherry fruit than sangiovese from Chianti. This red pairs nicely with aged pecorino and salami of cinghiale (wild boar)- a speciality of Tuscany, and Montepulciano in particular.

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