Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a must-have in your wine lexicon and fridge. As noteworthy as its celebrated Sangiovese-based Tuscan neighbors Chianti and Montalcino, twists of fate and an unfortunate 19th-century spate of bad luck relegated Vino Nobile to the perils of perceived lower quality. A century later, the region made a magical comeback quality-wise, but for some reason, only a few savvy consumers have followed. Thus, these wines are of superb quality for not a lot of money. This 2015 Corte all Flora Vino Nobile is 80% Prugnolo Gentile (the local moniker for Sangiovese) with the balance composed of equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 18 months in French barrels and another ten in the bottle. The color is brilliant ruby, and it has a striking earthy base that supports sublime notes of blackberry, raspberry, and violet. The only real struggle is in deciding how many bottles to buy. Absolutely buy at least two or more: one to enjoy right away with grilled bone-in pork chops, or an Italian Sausage and mushroom sauce over pappardelle, while the other bottles lay down for another 5-8 years if you can keep your hands off of them.