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Le Pigole

Le Pigole is a "local wine" that is produced by one of the leading independent vineyard owners in Abruzzo.  The producer sells most of his fruit each year to internationally known Abruzzo wineries whose Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wines sell for $25 to $30 a bottle in the US.  This cuvee is made for the producer's local friends who own restaurants and I discovered it one night in a restaurant in Pescara.  As opposed to a lot of the heavily tannic wines that are a tradition in the area, this very food friendly wine is made in a much more approachable style.

The Wine

Le Pigole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2020


Aromas include dark plums, dark cherries, red peaches, nectarines, strawberries, heirloom roses, and hints of dark chocolate.  Flavors include blackberries, blueberries, dark cherries, dark plums, yellow peaches, and accents of raspberries.  There is a medium to full body, perfect balance and acidity, and a long medium finish.


Food pairings would include New York Steak, Rib Eye, Roast Beef, short ribs, beef stew, roast veal, lamb chops, pork chops, pork shoulder, BBQ ribs, wild boar, grilled chicken, duck, cassoulet, grilled sausages, salmon, swordfish, clams, mussels, seafood stews, pasta with meat sauces, baked pasta dishes, Asian and Mexican beef, pork, and chicken dishes, lamb curries, Tandoori dishes, Indian appetizers, enchiladas, tamales, carne asada, carnitas, tacos, charcuterie, and mild, medium, and creamy cheeses.

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