Villa Gemma Montepuliciano D'Abruzzo Riserva 2011
A wealth of ripe cherry, clove, toast and tobacco carries to the linear, focused palate. While this wine is held together by bracing acidity and a firm grip of tannins, there's enough fruit to broaden out the midpalate and carry to the lingering cherry-skin and spice finish. Drink from 2020 for things to soften a bit.
Founded by Abruzzo native Gianni Masciarelli in 1981, Masciarelli and its wines have become the standard-bearer for the Abruzzo region