Wine of the Week - Fantini Farnese Montepulciano D’ABRUZZO – 2106 -$15
Dwight Casimere | 3/14/2019, noon
This is one of the best Italian wines that you will find for under $20. I bet if you venture to your local wine store that carry it, you can find it for as low as $9 or $10. In either case, this is a bold, fruity wine you should load up on. The coming spring brings all types of fresh food options, and this unbaked, robust red wine from Southern Italy is more than capable of holding its own. Coming in at a whopping 13% alcohol content some silky tannins and nicely balanced flavors, it goes great with barbecued ribs or flank steak or a slow-simmered Marinara or Bolognese pasta or your grandmother's favorite Lasagna recipe.
Don't forget a ice anti-pasta course of sun-drenched olives, oil-packed sardines and generous slices of Parmesan Reggiano and coppice slices of fresh hard salami and thinly sliced prosciutto wrapped around melon slices for starters. With its concentrated fruit flavors of dark cherries, black raspberries and blackberries and side notes Maraschino cherries and vanilla scents which bely its origins in soils just beyond the Adriatic Sea, this is a wine that will transport you. Enjoy a short trip to the south of Italy for a fraction of the cost.