11.12.2010

2008 Citra Montepulciano d'Abruzzo: Nothing distinctive, not a must-buy

nov. 10, 2010: chris drove down from bloomington to visit us and i bought this $6.99 italian from winetree to pair with some delicious pork loins greg grilled that were seasoned with a mixture greg bought at the newburgh butcher store. we are on a quest for a comparable montepulciano we had in france in october, and so far we are coming up short. this one is not worth even the little we spent for it. i wasn't expecting fantastic, but fruity and fun would have been nice. 13 percent alcohol.

by the way, since i was in charge of the vegetables, i decided to try to roast carrots in the oven with canola oil, salt and pepper. but chris suggested that we place them in a ceramic baking dish with a cover. they turned out great! paired with some yellow onions i sauteed with mushrooms we bought at aihua asian market last saturday (i added sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper, italian seasoning, herbes de provence, and garlic salt), and the meal was a success. just don't do the wine.

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