Wine Review: 2010 PS Winery – Pieno Monte – Marche IGT

One of the wines that I was having on Christmas Eve was the PS Winery Pieno Monte, a full-bodied Montepulciano from Italy’s Marche region. Below you find my tasting notes for the wine. I am currently spending some time in Italy so I’ll keep this one rather short.

PS Winery

PS Winery was founded in 2008 by Dwight Stanford, American and former surgeon and Raffaele Paoloni, Italian and ex-journalist. The two met at the University of Bra (sometimes referred to as the Slow Food University) in Piedmont where they both found out that they shared a common dream: Making “the best wines possible using sustainable and organic farming practices with minimal intervention in the winery.” The winery is sitting on one the scenic hills near the medieval town Offida. It has a size of just six hectares and the first harvest was in 2010 after the main building was constructed. Later that year a tasting room was built as well.

PS Winery produces eight red and two white wines – all in relatively small quantities. For example just 520 bottles of Pieno Monte were produced in 2010.

Tasting Notes

2010 PS Winery - Pieno Monte - Marche IGTPieno Monte is made of 100% Montepulciano grapes and after an extended fermentation the wine aged 24 months in a single tonneau (new oak) of French origin.

In the glass, Pieno Monte had a deep ruby red color. 13.5% was the label listed alcohol by volume.

On the nose, the wine was intense and very harmonic. At first there was a heavy aroma of smoke and some blackberries. After some time passed blackcurrant as well as some other spices like vanilla joined the other aromas.

In the mouth, dry, quite warm, mineralic and full-bodied. Pieno Monte had a good structure was well-balanced and had pleasing, mellow tannins. I tasted some berries and a few oak notes. Medium-long finish The wine is still quite fresh and should probably be stored another 2-3 years before it is completely ready. Looking forward to see how this wine will evolve.

4 / 5 stars      

Parting Words

Pieno Monte is classified as Marche IGT and highly recommended. This was the first wine from PS Winery that I tried and I have to say I like it a lot. Their wines might be difficult to find but you won’t regret trying them. A friend of mine who is working in the wine industry recommended me to try PS Winery Confusion, their flagship wine. Confusion is a blend of four Bordeaux grapes. I plan to taste the wine but I think I will give it a little bit more time in my cellar..

My next post about PS Winery will be a little bit more detailed but right now I’m visiting some family in Italy so I had to keep this rather short. That’s all for today! I hope you are enjoying your holidays with some delicious wine like I am. Happy New Year everyone!


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18 comments on “Wine Review: 2010 PS Winery – Pieno Monte – Marche IGT”

  1. foodwine88 Reply

    Nice post, Julian! The wine sounds pretty good and so different than the Montepulciano from Abruzzo that I have tried. Especially the smokey aroma sounds interesting.
    Pieno Monte seems to be unavailable over here..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Foodwine88,
      Sorry to hear that you have trouble finding Pieno Monte but I actually assumed that it might be difficult to find this wine for most of my readers. Nevertheless I wanted to spread the word about this outstanding wine.
      Happy New Year!

  2. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I can almost taste the Pieno Monte just by reading your review. I’m not familiar with PS Winery but the wine sounds great. Looks like you were drinking some pretty good wine over the holidays.
    Happy new year and enjoy your stay in Italy!

  3. Suzanne Reply

    Sounds really nice, I do appreciate the small winery whose goals are to produce a high quality product, organic is a real plus. They are not pushing mass production, I admire that. I will see if this wine is available in the US but have my doubts since it is produced in such small quantities.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Suzanne,
      I don’t know if the wine is available in the US – as of today it’s not even available in Germany but they are (slowly) expanding into new markets. In a few months I’m going to visit PS Winery. I’m already looking forward to meeting them : )
      Happy New Year!

  4. RiojaChianti RiojaChianti Reply

    Montepulciano is a fantastic and quite unique-tasting variety. I haven’t tried this one yet. For me it’s not of any importance whether a wine is organic or not as long as it tastes good : )

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Anatoli,
      I really hope that you find this wine in the US but I don’t think so because the quantities are very limited.. Best way to grab a bottle of Pieno Monte is by visiting PS Winery 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  5. wineking3 wineking3 Reply

    Pieno Monte sounds like a perfect Montepulciano to me! Most Montepulciano that I tasted came from Abruzzo. Will see if I can grab a bottle or two but quantity seems to be very limited so I have my doubts..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Wineking3,
      PS Winery is located in close proximity to Abruzzo which is why Pieno Monte tastes quite similar to Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
      Happy New Year!

  6. Sean P. Reply

    Thanks for sharing your insights about this rare wine with us. Would love to try it someday.
    Happy New Year, Julian!

  7. winetalks winetalks Reply

    I wish PS Winery the best of luck! Hopefully they can expand someday and ship their wine to the US. Would love to try this one! How much does a bottle cost? Just wondering 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

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