WINTER WINE SPECIAL
2014 Rosso di Montepulciano DOC – Poliziano
This blog article is the first of many planned to highlight Tutta Bella’s wine specials in 2017. The articles are written by our Wine Program Manger, Hayley Black. Her bio is included at the end of the article! Salute!
First, lets not get confused by the name – this wine is not to be mixed up with the grape Montepulciano from the area of Abruzzo, This is the Sangiovese grape grown in the small town of Montepulciano in Tuscany.
Rosso di Montepulciano is a special Sangiovese grape ( referred to as Prugnolo gentile) only grown in this small area of Tuscany, Montepulciano. It is more famous for the wine: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of three great Sangiovese DOCG zones in Tuscany (along with Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino) and certainly the oldest and the smallest.
Often producers will use some of the grapes to make a more entry level red, aged for less time, and released earlier or immediately. Think of it as an insurance policy. While the other wines are sitting in barrels aging for 3-5 years, they have to have to also be selling a wine while they wait. Or if you have a bad vintage, with not enough grapes to make your expensive wine, you can downgrade to different classification. What is great about this specific producer Poliziano, is they have a bit of a different way of thinking about it. They instead selected a number of vineyards with particular characteristics in order to obtain a wine that is young, fruity, full-bodied but not hard, so they are dedicated to both, the higher end and the entry level wines both grown to meet a certain flavor profile.
What is great about this specific wine is the vintage: 2014. It was a difficult vintage in Tuscany from cooler weather to hailstorms. Difficult vintages are not so great for the more expensive wines like Vino di Nobile, or Brunellos and producers will often chose to skip, or limit making their higher end wines, but instead the grapes that would have been used for them will be added into their entry level wines – like this one! It is very rare to ever be able to offer a wine of this caliber in a glass pour at this price point, so we are very excited to be featuring it (January 23 – February 19th). Check our our menu to learn more about all of our current pizza, pasta, craft cocktail and wine specials.
WINE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Hayley’s fierce passion for the history and stories of Italian wine has been the driving force behind her career.
“When you have a passion for wine paired with a desire to discover, you will spend a lifetime learning. I fell in love with wine through the joy of shared experience. This creates a community, whether it be among those studying alongside you or with those you are enjoying a glass of wine with at dinner. This community is always evolving as you share these moments with one another. I am dedicated to helping others feel welcome, and guiding them through their perfect experience with wine.”
Hayley is one of 61 individuals around the world certified by Vinitaly International Academy as an Italian Wine Ambassador. She is also a Level 3 Advanced Sommelier certified by Wine and Spirit Education Trust, a London based organization regarded as one of the world’s leading provider of wine education.