La Puima Montepulciano D‘Abruzzo 2006
Montepulciano, Abruzzo, Italy, £4.99, synthetic cork
Today I arrived a Granny’s for a bit of quite time. Granny doesn’t mind the very occasional sip of wine so our first wine off the rank was this Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. The bottle looks very Italian; sleek, stylish, minimalist and black. It looks so cool I feel I should be be polishing it rather than drinking it.
The wine is a sparkling ruby red; very pretty, but lighter than I expected. The nose lacks any sort of oomph and I struggled to get much out of it. There were initial suggestions of the usual dark berry suspects, floral hints (perhaps violets?), and some dried herbs. After some air time a splattering of earthiness emerged, but it’s still pretty lean. The palate is dry and savoury, but lacks fruit and intensity. There are mild plum, pepper, bramble and chocolate flavours, but also quite a bit of alcohol and a sour tartness. Though Granny and I found it easy enough to drink, and it was better alongside our meal, La Puima really didn’t offer much love. A bit of a disappointment from suck a slick looking bottle; perhaps its like one of those Italian footballers who’s all appearances and no substance when they fall over in the penalty square.