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The Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It should not be confused with Tuscan Montepulcianos, which are red wines made from Sangiovese and other grapes near the town of Montepulciano. Montepulciano d'Abruzzos are typically deeper colored wines with pepper and spice notes, nuances of earth and blackberries, and often described as "rustic." Nicodemi's 2009 Notàri Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is produced from sustainably farmed vineyards in the new Colline Teramane appellation of the Abruzzo wine region. It's Notàri brand represents the best selection of Montepulciano grapes in their vineyards. This distinctive bottling is deep ruby in color with strongly mineral-driven aromas of blackberry, smoky dark cherry, and earth. The palate is juicy and fresh with dark fruit flavors not notes of lingering bitter chocolate. [+]