Wine Review: 2007 Nicodemi – Neromoro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva

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

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.

Panorama Teramo

Panorama Teramo by RossoGialloBianco License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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.

Montepulciano Grapes

Montepulciano grapes as shown in Wikipedia

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

2007 Nicodemi - Neromoro - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Collina Teramane Riserva DOCGIn 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.

5 / 5 stars      
. The only thing that could be criticized is the boring, cheap-looking label. Thank God that it doesn’t affect the wine!


Parting Words

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.

If you want to share your opinion about the Neromoro or about Montepulciano then use the comment section below.


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21 comments on “Wine Review: 2007 Nicodemi – Neromoro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG Riserva”

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  2. Andy Andy Reply

    Glad to see you are back, Julian!

    I don’t have much experience with Montepulciano so I leave the “intelligent” comments to others.. The Negromoro sounds delicious though!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Patty,
      Thanks for commenting 🙂
      Nicodemi produces only a limited amount of Neromoro and therefore the wine tends to sell out quickly. The winery released the 2008 vintage a couple of months ago. I haven’t tried it yet but I hope that it’s as good as this one.

  3. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I think I did see this wine before but I could be wrong. Montepulciano is among my favorite grapes (the other being Pinot Noir) so I plan to give this wine a go.

    Congrats on your new job and it’s good to see you blogging again : -)

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Hannah,
      Thank you!
      The Neromoro is definitely worth buying so if you see it in a store I recommend that you give it a try. But be careful: This wine is addicting!

  4. foodwine88 Reply

    Great review and what an impressive rating. A few weeks ago I had a glass of Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano dAbruzzo – 2010 vintage I think. It was a little bit too oaky for me. The Neromoro is the top wine from Nicodemi isn’t it? Haven’t tasted that one yet but if I stumble over it I might grab a bottle or two to give it a try.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      I tasted the Notari on some occasions before and agree with you that it’s a bit too oaky. The Neromoro is much better but also costs twice as much..

  5. Sean P. Reply

    Neromoro is among my favorite Montepulciano wines and your tasting notes are similar to mine. Definitely a wine to recommend.

    Congratulations on your job! Must be quite some fun for you working at an Italian wine shop or not? 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sean,
      Thanks a lot! My new job is fun but also stressful during this time of the year – lots of people buying wine for Christmas.
      I’m glad to hear that it’s among your favorites 🙂 Have you tasted the 2008 Neromoro yet? I haven’t had the chance to do so but I’m curious if it’s the same good (or even better?) than the 2007 vintage.

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  7. Suzanne Reply

    Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is my favorite wine. I have never tried the Neromoro, a perfect score is very very impressive and I trust your palate implicitly. I will try to see if it’s available in the US. Congratulations on the part time job, how perfect in an Italian Wine Shoppe. My friend keeps offering me a part time job in his wine store and I would love to do it, wish I had the time.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      Thank you! I had to quit my other part-time job in order to start working at the wine shop but I don’t regret it at all. Working 2 part-time jobs next to university wasn’t possible.

      I’m glad to hear that Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is your favorite! It’s among my very favorites as well 🙂

  8. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Montepulciano is my all-time favorite red grape variety. I love the full-bodied, smooth, complex wines that are made with this variety.
    I haven’t tried the Nicodemi Neromoro but I’ve tasted the Nicodemi Notari which is the winery’s “second tier” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
    A friend of mine gifted me a bottle of 2008 Neromoro that be brought back from his recent trip to Italy. I’ll plan to open it on Christmas. Already looking forward to this!!

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