Disclaimer: This wine was provided by the winery. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. A few weeks ago, I tried some the wines from Jasci & Marchesani at an Italian food & wine festival. The winery offered me to review one of their wines and I thought why not?
Jasci & Marchesani
Close to the Adriatic sea, in the province of Chieti, Abruzzo, lie the four estates from Jasci & Marchesani. The winery produced a total of 9 wines on just 33 hectares (81 acres). Besides their traditional Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Cerasuolo wines, Jasci & Marchesani has susccessfully experimented with grapes that are rather uncommon for Abruzzo like Riesling. Their flagship wine is called Ianù.
Over 30 years, Sebastiano Jasci decided to switch from conventional to organic agriculture. Ever since the winery has been producing organic certified wines.
The wine I tasted was simply called ‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’ after its denomination, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC, and is part of their basic line. The bottle was from the 2011 vintage. According to the wine’s fact sheet it is produced with 100% Montepulciano grapes. The wine aged for six months in oak casks.
In the glass, the wine had a dark ruby red/violet color. 13.5% was the label listed ABV. The nose was not very intense with aromas of blackberries and vanilla. There was quite a strong alcohol aroma, too. In the mouth, the ‘Montepulciano d’Abruzzo’ from Jasci & Marchesani was dry and warm with a light acidity. The wine had a medium body and was not very complex. Easy to drink. The finish was somewhere between short and medium. A decent every day wine.
In all honesty, I have to say that I have tasted much better Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines but also many worse. It is clear to see why this wine is part of their basic line. I am looking forward to try some of their more sophisticated wines like the Ianù.
My recommended food match with this wine is a variety of Italian salumi & mature cheese.
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