Discovering the king of all wines, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wine comes from a long line of history, inextricably linked to its territory – the beautiful village of Montepulciano in Italy. This wine’s history includes many firsts – including being the first Italian wine to earn the DOCG label, the denomination of controlled and guaranteed origin.
The history of this wine can be traced back to the Etruscans as wine was consumed in this famous area of Tuscany even thousands of years ago. But Montepulciano as we know it today was perhaps first documented in 1350. It was in a manuscript which highlights the clauses for marketing and export of this great product. And was once again documented in 1685, the founder of experimental biology Francesco Redi, ordained this wine as the “king of all wines” in his work “Bacchus in Tuscany”.
This is how the prestigious reputation of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano was born. Consecrated in 1933 as a product of excellence during the first commerce exhibition in Siena dedicated to typical wines.
Some decades later, in the 1960s, the Nobile di Montepulciano became one of the most appreciated, loved and known Italian wines throughout the world.
The name of this wine derives from the small town in the province of Siena, Montepulciano. It is located 605 meters above sea level between the Valdichiana and Val D’Orcia. This is a territory that boasts a unique soil ideal for the production of wine, with a variety of sand and clay. When mixed together, they create the typical and unique microclimate of this area – ideal characteristics for the production of high quality wines.
The Sangiovese is the main vine, known in the area as Prugnolo Gentile, which must account for at least 70% of the wine. Other varieties are such as Canaiolo (at most 20%) and Mammolo which can also can also be used. The latter grape is used to give that typical floral scent of violet, which makes the scent of the wine intriguing and engaging. The wine has a long aging in wood ahead of it – 24 months, and 36 months for the Nobile Riserva. It is a wine with great potential for longevity, which if well preserved can be kept for 30 years or more before being uncorked.
In food pairings the Nobile di Montepulciano goes very well with structured dishes. For example, the typical Tuscan pici pasta with cinta senese ragù sauce made of a local variety of pig. It also pairs well with second courses of meat, roasts and Chianina beef. If instead, this wine is uncorked after a few years of well-preserved aging, it can be had alone as a “meditative” wine evoking emotions only a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano can.
A noteworthy expression of this sublime wine is one by Carpineto, which has always been at the forefront of leading Tuscan companies, as well as being the only company to produce only the Riserva since the 1970s. Our Vino Nobile Riserva 2017, in particular is a wine fit for any market, inviting with every sip as it retains an innate elegance and sumptuous harmony in the glass.
Produced mainly of Sangiovese grapes with a small percentage of Canaiolo grapes and other indigenous grapes, the Nobile di Montepulciano goes through a fermentation with maceration of the skins for about 10 – 15 days at controlled temperatures. It is then aged in in 50 – 100 hl oval Slavonian oak barrels for 3 years. The refinement of this wine is finished off in the bottle for 16-18 months in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment.
The result is a wine that is ruby red with garnet reflections in the glass, it is characterized by intense hints of red fruit, violet and tertiary finish notes of licorice, tobacco, and balsamic. Each sip is full and velvety, with important structure and pleasant tannins. It remains warm and persistent for a long time and continues to satisfy the palate with its softness.
This is not a wine for just any ordinary day – it is a wine perfect for celebrating great occasions and important meals such as game or high-quality aged cheeses.
There is plenty to learn about the history of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from history, to production, to tasting. It is certainly a great Italian red that the whole world envies and loves. A star that shines from the core of our oenology.