Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Wine
- Val Feb 25, 2006 02:57 PM
A HUGE bottle of this is selling for $5.99 at a local independent grocery store here in Naples (Wynn's, which has a great wine selection) and I'm curious to know if anyone on the board has tried this Italian wine before I go buying an enormous bottle...I know can google comments but am partial to chowhound feedback, if any. Thanks in advance.
It was a house wine here in LA at a very well respected Italian restaurant on the westside. It's not great but drinkable, though on one occasion I had a bottle that I had to toss.
This was my first experience of this wine, and it so impressed me with its simple, generous character that I've been encouraged to try other labels and bottlings. It will never be great, but like so many other Italian reds it's a good, friendly food wine, and pleasant just to drink in company. I never had a bad bottle from Citra, but then my dealer (Nashville Wine & Spirits) was good about buying from reliable sources - a lot more demanding than Trader Joe's seems to be.
I had a very unforgetful experience with a 1.5L bottle of Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I could not get the bleeping bottle open. It took me a half an hour with various corkscrews till finally I had to core the cork out and strain the wine. The wine tasted awesome. Full bodied. Pale oak taste. Excellent, especially for $6.99 (NY). I purchased a bottle the following year, the bottle opened easily, and the wine was a huge disappointment. I guess it's hit or miss.
Hey man this wine is excellent value for your money, I bought a bottle and wasnt sure if I was going to like it, as the cost was so cheap my first thought was its gonna be crap, but I was wrong, Im glad I tried it. This wine passed my taste test, which is simple, when you take the first sip it leads to another and before you know it the glass is empty, then the bottle is empty. When this happens you know you've just drank a good decent wine.
This is very good dinner wine and I was impressed with the structure, good acid and smooth tannins with a hint of spice and interesting touch of complexity for a wine this price. Honestly Ive drank more expensive wines that didnt taste as well balanced as the Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo.
You cant go wrong with this wine at that price.