Riparosso Illuminati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2009
It seemed like it has been a while since we had a good wine and this one started off poorly. The cork was bad and ripped in half from the middle of the cork looking like sawdust. Luckily I was able to work some magic with a different corkscrew and got it out of there without any shrapnel in the wine. Once this commotion was over we were able to enjoy the wine and found it to be very good. It was extremely easy to drink… very well balanced. Almost too smooth in that it didnt have a big wow factor, but for $6.99 it was impressive.
I did some research on the grape and it turns out to have a lot of the characteristics that we like. Here is a link for more info on wikipedia.