Rubiro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is (from what I can tell) a second label from Villa Cervia where oenologist Rino Moretti has been producing wine since 1989.
This would be a good choice if you want a red wine that’s not too aggressive. It’s approachable and soft in every way, making it easy to pair with a variety of foods.
The nose is rather subtle but has aromas of plum, cherry and a wee bit of barnyard (not in a bad way). The palate is very soft and a bit short of concentration. It’s mostly just plum and a bit of earth. The tannins are also soft, but prevalent enough to give a full mouth feel. There is a hint of spice in this one too, but again it is very subtle. When I first opened the bottle it had a touch of effervescence, but it quickly went away with decanting.
Overall this is a pretty good wine that is a bit softer than some of the others I’ve tried in this varietal. It would pair nicely with a bowl of pasta, pizza, cheese or a number of other foods. As I mentioned, this one is quite food-friendly. I found it for $13.99 and it earned a score of 85.
Varietal: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Price Paid: $13.99