Bosco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

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A Good Time With Wine Bosco Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Tonight, we went to Italy for dinner. While we didn’t actually FLY there, we did have a fantastic lazagne, some garlic bread, and of course, a nice Italian red wine to compliment the meal. I did not take a lot of time picking tonight’s wine out, and went with something that was inexpensive ($10) and being demoed in the store.

I selected a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Ca’del Bosco, their 2003 vintage. Their wines are aged in oak 12 months, and then bottle stored for 3 years before release. Although not to be confused with a Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, Italy’s first DOCG, it seems to adhere to the Italian law which requires such aging.

I did not allow the wine to breathe much before I served it. That was a mistake I made due to bad timing. And, while I have the aerator, I did not use it. That was the second mistake! Out of the bottle this wine is all about oak, and smoke. My first thought was there was probably some fruit to make the wine, but they cut it with Liquid Smoke to flavor it. However, the wine did sit about 20-30 minutes in the decanter before we served the meal, and that opened it up a little. The fruit on the nose came through, and the woody characteristics toned down a bit.

The wine paired nicely enough with the pasta. The meats, sauce and cheese blended well and really harmonized with the flavors of the wine.  This wine, and many Italian reds I’ve had, is much better when paired with food, in my opinion.  The Bosco Montepulciano drank very nicely with dinner, but when I had a glass on it’s own, it felt a little naked.

Bosco 2003 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Video Wine ReviewAnother wine review from ! I’d love to hear what you think of the video, the wine, or anything else that crosses your mind. Find me on

The video review was done after dinner, and the wine was open for quite some time. I don’t know if I’d immediately pic this wine again. I did also pick up a $14 Chianti Riserva from Bellini which I could have served. Perhaps I’ll have that with left overs for lunch tomorrow!! Then I can compare the two, though I’m sure they’re going to be quite different, and we’ll see what we think in the price range.

Oh, and as both this Montepulciano link as well as the link above mentions, Montepulciano is the grape varietal that will be checked off for this wine as I move towards the Wine Century Club. I was reading how it can be mixed with up to 10% Sangiovese right before I made that comment, and clearly had brain drain!

Take a moment, if you would, to comment below. Let me know which reds you’ve been enjoying lately. Any italian reds you’d prefer me to review next time? Or perhaps a white? What’s in arms reach of you right now, and what do you think of it, wine wise, of course!

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6 thoughts on “Bosco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

  1. Enjoyed your review on Ca’del Bosco Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine and have enjoyed this when I could find it in Las vegas. I recently tried to buy some and it does not seem to be available here any longer and I was hoping that you could advise me as to where I might be able to purchase . I have searched on line but to no avail.
    Would appreciate any info you could give me.

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  3. If you live in FL and close to a Publix, I just was this wine on sale this week at $8.99. One of my favorites at $60.+ so I don’t know how this one stacks up against the others, but at this price, you can’t get hurt with a few bottles…good luck.

  4. Just went to Sandini’s in North Beach/San Francisco for Italian dinner, they had it. Wonderful, highly recommended. Cheers!

  5. oaky but not overdone. chocolate. a bit of a bite in the back of the tongue. great price as i would call this a value wine. but most chianti’s for the same price would taste much better. we all have opionions and …….

  6. I have been drinking this exact wine since the 60′s when I first had it in an Italian Restaurant in DC called AV Ristaurante on New York Ave. in a seedy part of town. My friends and I were regulars there as it was a nice rest. and had a huge following. I used to be lucky enough for the owner to sell me cases out the back door back then for $36. It is still one of my fav. wines. They served a terrific thin crust pizza, a white pizza and of course all those wonderful tomato sauced Italian dishes and this was the perfect accompaniment. I do breathe it at least an hour or decante it because it mellows out a lot and is nicely complex, smooth and with a slight effervence. Most people who I serve some to that haven’t had it before want to know about it and where to get it. Price is very important in the enjoyment of wine and this one fits well into the budget. I keep it around all the time and have it just about every day. Thank you for this information and your opinions on it. Frank Simmons, Arl.VA and now of Winter Park, FL

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