At 23 years old, the 1988 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, with 12.5% alcohol, scored 18+ points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. A Gold Medal wine. It was produced by Carletti Della Giovampaola in Montepulciano, Tuscany. After decanting, the wine showed tobacco notes with red fruit aromas. It was mouth-filling and covered every part of your palate:front, middle and back as food wines should.

Vino Nobile wines do not need as many years as their Big Brothers Brunello do even though they are made with the same grape, Sangiovese

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It married with the pasta side dish and the tail end of a tenderloin grilled with mushrooms.

I love these wines at 15 to 20 years old and have enjoyed some as old as 25 and 28 years. They reflect Old World Italy and show the terroir from which they come. Cellar some 2015’s or 16’s now for your future. In Vino Veritas.