It has been quiet around here for way too long. The last weeks were particularly busy for me – I started a new part-time job at an Italian wine store in Munich. I still haven’t had the time to catch up with all the blogs I follow so I apologize for that.
A few months ago I attended a trade show where lots of Montepuliciano d’Abruzzo were offered and the wine that I remembered most was the 2007 Nicodemi Neromoro. I decided to buy a full case and have planted to store it for a few more years. Last week I went with a friend to a wine and jazz evening where we decided to order a bottle of Neromoro. Below you find my tasting notes for this must-try Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Fattoria Nicodemi was founded in the early 20th century by Carlo Nicodemi. The estate is located in the heart of the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG area – a region made of low hills, some mountains and flatlands around the Adriatic coast. Carlo’s oldest son Bruno inherited the winery in the 1960s but passed away unexpectedly in 1998. The winery is now in the hands of Elena Nicodemi, Carlo’s granddaughter who was working as a successful architect in Rome before taking over the winery.
Fattoria Nicodemi grows primarily Montepulciano and Trebbiano d’Abruzzo grapes out of which three red and two white wines are produced. The winery is considered one of the few Abruzzo wineries that place quality over quantity.
The picture shows the town of Teramo. Fattoria Nicodemi is sitting just outside of it.
About The Grape Variety
Montepulciano is a red grape that is primarily grown in Central Italy, especially in the Abruzzo and Marche regions. The varietal is appreciated for its deep colors, moderate acidity, mellow tannins, and intense flavors. More than 50 DOC wines allow the use Montepulciano.
The most famous of these appellation are Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, Rosso Piceno DOC and Rosso Conero DOC. The grape makes excellent varietal wines but also may be blended with varieties like Sangiovese.
This varietal should not be confused with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a famous wine from the Tuscan medieval town Montepulciano that is mainly produced with a Sangiovese clone known locally as Prugnolo Gentile. Montepulciano is not even used to produce Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
For many decades the varietal’s sole purpose was to mass-produce cheap wine for the growing global wine market. Quantity was more important than quality but fortunately that is slowly changing as more and more wineries like are discovering the true potential of Montepulciano. Agriverde, Nicodemi and Il Feuduccio are among the top producer of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
Neromoro is produced with the wineries very best Montepulciano d’Abruzzo grapes. After fermentation the wine aged 18 months in small oak barrels.
In the glass, strong ruby red color. 14.5% was the label listed alcohol by volume.
On the nose, there was an explosion of aromas. Blackcurrant, roasted coffee, vanilla, leather and plums just to name some. Great balance between oak and fruit aromas. Very intense.
In the mouth, warm, quite fresh, powerful and very dry. Full-bodied and of great structure. Mellow, pleasing tannins and soft acidity. After taking a sip, I tasted dark chocolate that was joined by red fruit with some aditional time. Neromoro is a harmonic wine with a spectacularly long-lasting finish. The wine was perfectly balanced.
Neromoro is classified as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG.
I tried to find flaws in this wine but I couldn’t find any. This wine is perfect.
. The only thing that could be criticized is the boring, cheap-looking label. Thank God that it doesn’t affect the wine!
There are not many wines that I rate this high but the 2007 Nicodemi Neromoro fully deserves to get full points. I thought I would never find another Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that I will love as much as the Agriverde Plateo. This search is now officially over. A bottle of Neromoro retails in Munich for 32€. However, it appears that the 2007 vintage is almost completely sold out. I am looking forward to do a blind tasting between the Plateo and the Neromoro.
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