BOSTON – At a recent trade tasting, Vino Nobile de Montepulciano introduced a selection of outstanding recent vintages. One of our favorites out of the group of nine producers was La Ciarliana which presented three beautiful Tuscan Montepulcianos from 2010, 2013 and 2014 vintages. Well structured, they included Vino Nobile de Montepulciano 2013, with 95% Sangiovese and 5% Mammolo, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vigna Scianello, 2010, made with 100% Sangiovese and Rosso di Montepulciano 2014, with 80% Sangiovese, 10% Canailo and 10% Merlot.
Rich in flavor, fruit forward and elegant, these wines are made by the family-owned winery originally begun by owner Louis Frangiosa’s grandfather. Alas, they are currently seeking an importer. We urge importers to seek out the wines and consider bringing them into the U.S.
Over the last decade, producers in Vino Nobile have invested more than eight million Euros in environmental sustainability projects. More than 250 vintners take part in farming the Vino Nobile vineyards and employ an estimated 1,000 workers permanently, plus that many seasonal workers as well. Last year, seven million domestic bottles of Vino Nobile and 2.5 million of Rosso di Montepulciano DOC were offered on the market. The U.S. market is responsible for an estimated 21% share of Nobile export sales. We enjoyed these wines and look forward to learning and writing more about them in the months ahead.