2008 Quattro Mani Montepulciano d'Abruzzo: Very disappointing
oct. 30, 2010: i was really, really hoping this would be worth it since we'd had a really excellent montepulciano in france recently. we'd walked by this quattro mani several times at winetree, stood by and pondered its 13 percent alcohol, read about its four celebrity italian winemakers (who remain incognito), etc. but it turns out this italian is more texture than flavor. strong on tannins, the nose is muted and the flavor is not that distinctive. this is a background wine, nothing spectacular. either we got a bad bottle, or the other reviews of this are way off. around $14.
UPDATE: the second night, this wine was sour, even though we'd sealed it with the rabbit. definitely wouldn't get this one again.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.