Farnese Fantini Montepulciano Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2016

The Data

Country   Italy

Appellation   Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo

Varietal   Montepulciano

Retail Price   $10

ABV   12.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep violet color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of cranberry, and strawberry with supporting notes of and raspberry with hints of mineral.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a red fruit-driven core with flavors of red berries with tart pomegranate rising on the finish.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and perfectly balanced with a juicy and vibrant texture.

Cool Factor

A

We are big fans of Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo as Montepulciano makes a great a Rosé.

Value Grade

A

At $10 a bottle (I found it for under $10) this beautiful and charming Rosé delivers on pleasure and value.

Analysis

The harvest of Montepulciano grapes destined to be the Farnese Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo were harvested in October. The skins were in contact with the juice for just six hours imparting a beautiful violet color. The Farnese family is one of the most illustrious of families in all of Italy. They have been politicians, nobility, and even Pope. For centuries they have also been winemakers and today they craft some of the most delicious wines in Abruzzo.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled in a glass and be sure to have a second bottle ready – it seems to disappear once opened.

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