Wine review : Masciarelli Montepulciano D’Abruzzo (2017, San Martino Sulla Marrucina, Chieti, ITALY / ITALIA)

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Wherefrom came all these carefully fermented fruits: Red raspberries paired harmoniously with black, Michigan cherries married to Montmorency, a whole boggy family of cranberries? Why, from the early morning harvest whilst the single village tourist was still aslumber! The day blurs and the setting heat of the sun gives way to the final lulls of an accordion playing traditional music as the dance winds down after a long, long night enrobed in a knee-length sleeveless dress that is as classically elegant as it is comfortable and swingy to wear.

Lush juicy dance suddenly gives way to a long, long lasting, dry, sensible finish.

Pair with simple but perfected homemade spaghetti – or, for an Italian-fusion twist, let this wine’s satisfying juicy-then-dry straightforward playfulness agree to smoked mozzarella grilled into a rustic loaf.

M.E.B.

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