Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chiusa Grande Tommolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2006

This is a Trader Joe's wine recommended by Jason's Wine Blog. Jason and I agree on most of the TJ Italian selections, including this one.

The color is a deep, dark ruby red. Aromas and flavors are sleek and sophisticated with notes of dark cherries, herbs and flowers. It's medium bodied, a nice dinner wine in the mode of an inexpensive Bordeaux. Flavors are persistent and fruit-oriented, ripe but with a firm structure from the grape peels. I don't detect any new oak influence. On the second night, it was just as good, maybe a little better, but this is not a wine for the cellar. It's drinking nicely right now.

I believe I paid $5.99 for this wine, an excellent value, although there are many good values--even the high production Citra--from the Montepulciano appellation.


  1. Do you cook, as well, Fred? I started drinking wine with Citra in the nineties, and it was more tannic then, but I was astonished at how food friendly it was. And cheap!


  2. I didn't say it was a great wine, and I've only had it once or twice. But I thought it was a decent value--better than anything from Gallo or Carlo Rossi.

    What I don't like about jug wines from California (and from Italy) is that they tend to be too sweet.

  3. This is interesting that the wine's color is a deep, dark ruby red, I think it should be very fine, I'd like to taste it because I had never heard about this wine.m10m

  4. I need to know something about wine, it's true all the health benefits that one cupe per day can give to us? if this is true, which one wine could you recommend me, thanks for the information.

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