A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine Of The Month: Poliziano Vino Nobile Montepulciano ’01 ($22)

May 27th, 2005

One of my favorite wines is the Brunello di Montalcino, however most Brunellos now cost over $50. Just a few miles from Montalcino is Montepulciano, which also grows a Sangiovese clone and its wine is Vino Nobile which is delicious and is a very cost effective alternative. Poliziano is a family producer that makes some lovely wine. This 2001 vintage has been aged in oak for two years adding complexity to this wine. It has an intense bouquet, is well structured, and has a long finish. This Vino Nobile has the flavor of lush dark berries, and is layered with notes of leather, raisin and plum. Characteristic of most wines made with the Sangiovese grape, this wine has an acidic component that gives it life, and nicely balances the fruit. I think this acidity makes the wine delicious for the warmer seasons, and it will pair well with most grilled dishes.

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