2016 Oscuro Montepulciano Dry Creek Valley
My quest to bring this noble and often overlooked grape to America’s dinner tables is proceeding at a solid clip of about 60 cases a year. At this rate, the grape may remain under most American’s radar- but not yours! We continue to become more fascinated by this grape each year- both for its distinctive flavors and structure, as well as its fabulous food versatility. Any food you’d serve with Cab, Merlot, Syrah, Zin, etc., will be a great fit with this wine, the grape just seems made for pairing with dinner.
Sit down and pour a glass, but you’d better buckle your seatbelt! This is absolutely a massive, black fruit driven wine (think the blackest blackberries on the planet), that absolutely delivers a knockout of drinking pleasure. Where past vintages have shown more tannins, this is just round, voluptuous and silky across the palate. It is not for someone who wants “delicate” wines! It will appeal to someone who enjoys steaks, chops, and bigger foods. We had it with a mushroom lasagna and thought it a great match, but we had it with 72-hour sous vide beef brisket and it rocked our world. Only 51 cases made. Drink now. Or tomorrow. It’s just that fun.