2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano D'Abruzzo: Others liked it, I was disappointed

may 1, 2011: our neighbors invited us over for dinner last weekend, and we brought over this montepulciano d'abruzzo italian to pair with a homemade -- and delicious -- cajun chili/lasagna made by jimmy. the meal itself was very tasty, and greg and our hosts said they liked this wine. but for me, it wasn't what i was hoping it would be. i wanted a fruity montepulciano, like the one greg and i had in honfleur, normandy, last fall. but after trying numerous wines from the same region, i'm starting to wonder if what we had then was atypical. this wine, which i bought at binny's in lincoln park in chicago, was a bit rustic, but the flavors, to me, were indistinguishable red fruit. about $16. not sure i'd get it again. 14 percent alcohol.

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