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 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.
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.
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!