Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2014, Canneto, Italy
Classic Tuscan Sangiovese made in the shadow of the more famous Montalcino
Let’s clear up the confusion up first. Montepulciano here is not the grape but the Tuscan wine region, named after the eponymous and rather beautiful hill town south of Chianti and parallel to Montalcino, home of Brunello.
Sangiovese is the dominant grape here. Owned since the 1970s by a group of Tuscan wine lovers from Zurich, Canneto has practiced organics from many years and will soon be certified on all its wines. The vineyards are stunning and when Paola tasted this wine on a visit in September 2019, her notes said “Xmas turkey wine” because a gamey turkey with all those big-flavoured trimmings needs a bold but not overpowering wine with soft tannins and good acidity.
Would also be lovely with a nut and root vegetable dish. Decant if you wish, though we’ve had it straight from the bottle.