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10 July 2014

Smooth and noble

From The Vineyard

VINO NOBILE di Montepulciano (to those who know it) probably carries a certain air of tradition, alongside the superior and better-known Brunello di Montalcino. They both come from Tuscany and broadly from the sangiovese grape family. Brunello can be quite exceptional, extraordinarily long-lived and ridiculously expensive. Vino Nobile may not achieve the standards of its superior cousin, but it is a lot cheaper. It also has a slightly poorer sibling, Rosso di Montepulciano. I was delighted, then, to find a Rosso di Montepulciano selling at just under £6 in Lidl.In fact Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is not as ancient as we might think. Brunello goes back more than 150 years, but Lidl’s red was awarded DOC status as recently as 1966. Like Chianti, it depends mainly on the sangiov


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