It has been over 15 years that I was last in Tuscany and staying some 20 minutes from Montepulciano a visit there was mandatory. A beautiful medieval town with stunning views of farmlands below and the Val D’Orcia. On the road there we discovered a cantina with two huge barrels inside with local wine. One barrel said Montepulciano so we took a 1.5 litre empty water bottle and filled it with that wine for 2 Euros. Simple, smooth and a great match for the great amounts of cheese and tomato salads we tucked into daily.
Not being able to find such a cantina in Toronto one finds a bottle of Trerose Vigna Santa Caterina 2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano at more than 2 Euros! The noble refers to the noblemen, poets and popes who drank it not the clone of the Sangiovese used to make the wine.
Aroma: Cherry, raspberry, stone and almonds.
Palate: Medium bodied and it picks up complexity and richness on the end plate and accompanies it with a long finish. Uplifting black cherry, ripe strawberry with a hint of soppressata.
Personality: I identify more with the seriousness of Federico Fellini rather than the flippancy of Gina Lollobrigida. Whatever wines from Montepulciano this writer was drinking from 1.5 litre bottles was not me!
Food Match: Steak Florentine or some Peposo.
Cellarbility: I would venture to say I would not cellar this wine as I think it will marginally improve. It should be decanted at least one-half hour before serving.
Price: $25.25 (LCBO Clearance Price).
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 88/100. Michela Morris 91.
(Tenuta Trerose Vigna Santa Caterina Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2019, Tenuta Trerose, Montepulciano, 750 mL, 14.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 51510).