Moxie and I just dropped off our daughter at university in NYC. We had a last dinner with her at this amazing Italian restaurant. I dined on herb-infused papardelle with an oxtail ragout that screamed for a juicy, yet not overly tannic red. My choices included this $20 (at retail) bottle of Montepulciano. No notes were taken but from memory I recall it being the perfect choice. Red fruit driven with medium (+) acidity, a modicum of tannic grip and a medium body. The freshness of the fruit was evident as was a touch of spice, some herbs and a hint of oak. The finish was medium in length with red fruit driving the flavors. It was thoroughly enjoyed and I will be looking for more, at that price-point this 90 point wine is getting 5 stars. I would drink it with all manner of pasta until 2025. Salut….
Cataldi Madonna Malandrino Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020, Abruzzo, Italy
23 Monday Jan 2023