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It was in the late 1800s that the Bosco family came to viticultural prominence in Abruzzo, near to the city of Pescara.  Today they have a state-of-the-art winemaking facility in Nocciano and a reputation for making some of the best wines in the DOC.  This bottling is 100% Montepulciano aged 18-24 months in small barriques.  The influence of wood brought the god of wood, Pan, to  mind (the family surname, “bosco’ = “woods in Italian, hence the name).  Dark red fruit notes, with plum, chocolate and a touch of peppery spice. Ideal with summer grills and pastas, in cooler weather, with roasts and stews.

Montepulcaino is the grape that is grown in the Abruzzo region of Italy (not to be confused with the town of Montepulciano, in Tuscany, where Sangiovese is grown.  Confused yet?).  This is a powerful bottling owing to the 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend.  Very Italian!