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2008 Leone d'Oro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Duo

Sangiovese • Italy • Tuscany • Red Wine

Sale expired on January 1, 2014
A traditional Italian red for everyday enjoyment

Tastes like: Dried red fruits
Pairs with: Spaghetti and meatballs
Good for: "Boardwalk Empire" viewing parties
Drink this: Now through 2014
Alcohol: 13.5%

2 x 2008 Leone d'Oro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Most people who know me might think the only thing Italian about me is my last name. Little do they know that my great-grandparents were some of the original garagistes, making what I'm sure was pretty awful wine in their garage in Brooklyn. And my grandfather owned a New York-based importing company that specialized in Piedmontese wines. To this day, my father tells stories about making restaurant deliveries in Little Italy in the 1970s and having wine stolen off the back of his truck.

Given my family heritage, you can see why I jumped at today's offer – a special blend from Vecchia Cantina di Montepulciano for The Sons of Italy. Established in 1905 as a mutual aid society for early Italian immigrants, it is now the oldest and largest Italian-American organization in the U.S. The Leone D'Oro, or Golden Lion, is the official logo and symbol of the organization.

You don't have to have a last name that ends in a vowel to enjoy the Leone d'Oro Montepulciano. Made from a traditional blend of 90 percent Prugnolo Gentile (a local name for the Sangiovese Grosso grape) and 10 percent Canaiolo, this wine delivers plenty of Italian character at an everyday price.

—Janine Lettieri

Janine Lettieri has worked in New York City fine dining for over a decade with sommelier roles at Fleur de Sel, the three-star Michelin restaurant Le Bernardin, and the Waverly Inn. Janine holds certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association, as well as a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Janine is pursuing the Master of Wine credential, which only 30 Americans hold. Learn more about Janine here, or follow her on Twitter: @JLettieri

2008 Leone d'Oro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Tasting Notes

The lovely bouquet of dried red fruits, flowers and minerals is suggestive of good things to come. On the palate, tart, cranberry-like acidity leaves you salivating for more, and plush tannins and good fruit intensity support it. Nicely balanced and just starting to show some signs of development, there is no need to cellar this wine – it is ready to drink now. Pair it with classic Italian-American dishes such as spaghetti and meatballs, wild mushroom pizza or salami and cheese.

Wine Spectator

"This delicious red bursts with juicy black cherry, raspberry, tobacco and mineral flavors. This is harmonious and supple, despite its tannic structure. Plays for intensity rather than sheer power. Best from 2012 through 2025."
—Bruce Sanderson (Oct. 15, 2011)