Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto

For those who don’t know, I’m involved with a company selling Italian wine to the rest of the EU. Presently our top selling wine is this one, the Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto. We stock Gaja, we stock Planeta, we stock Antinori and yet, this bottle is outselling any of these wines 10:1. Why?

One of the reasons is the favourable review given last month by WineSpectator. I was so curious about 10:1 ratio that I decided to take home a few bottles of this wine for Christmas and last night I opened a bottle to see what the deuce the fuss is all about.

Zaccagnini is not exactly an unknown producer, knocking out half a million bottles a year they are the 6th largest producer in Abruzzo but in terms of QPR they come up first. Zaccagnini produces a broad range for their 500,000 bottles. Consider the largest producer in Abruzzo, Farnese, produces 10 million bottles a years then Zaccagnini has a tremendously eclectic range of wines. The award winning Chardonnay and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo aside, the outfit also produce fine Rosè wines, Trebbianos, Cabernets, Rieslings, Cannonau and Pecorino wines. Currently 17 different types of wines are produced by Zaccagnini, that’s impressive!
So back to the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto. Last nights fish dinner was really not a suitable partner, but the wine played wonderfully with an Italian Christmas dessert that made up my second course. A ricotta and chocolate based cake that is in all the shops at the moment. Actually the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is not meant as a dessert wine, yet the chocolate and coffee that is jumping out of this wine made a wonderful “chance match” and one I’ll be repeating again before Christmas.

If you like simple wines that taste a little sweet and slip down easily you will love this wine. If you like wines that are almost tannin free and mid bodied, you will like this wine.
If you like fruity wines with a smooth mouthfeel, you will like this wine.
If you like wines that are giving out chocolate and coffee, you will like this wine.

It’s not classy, sophisticated or multi dimensional. It doesn’t make your want to sit and contemplate, it’s simply a delicious wine at a delicious price. That is why it’s outselling any other wine we have by 10:1 right now. I apologise for making this a Cellar Door advert today, but when a wine is selling like this and is this cheap then you want to tell folks.

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tralcetto 2005BUY – €8
Dark deep reddish purple with garnet hues. A subtle nose but clear aromas of coffee and dark chocolate, the wine smells like Tiramisu in a glass. A touch of wood on the palate, a wine of medium bodied with silky tannins and a pleasant mouth feel and a subtle finish, very fresh, and fruity. Great value for money at £5.50. Impressive. – 89 Points

Where can I buy this wine?
Europeans – The Cellar Door – €8
Americans – Astor Wines – $14
Brits – The Cellar Door – £5.50

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Marc says:

    Some day i tried white wine with an egg pasta. The eggs seemed to turn raw with the wine (a pinot gris). Eggs and wine dont work.

  2. Martin Cindell says:

    No disasters but I agree about the wine, had it once actually in abuzzi but cant find it anywhere in the states.

  3. Lar says:

    Hi Sarah,that’s quite a commonly spotted Montepuliciano here in Ireland.I believe it sells very well too.It retails here for about €13.

  4. Is that the case?Interesting to know, a little pricey though. :o/

  5. enzo says:

    it’s a great mover for us here in south africa too. definitely our top (private) red.

  6. enzo says:

    … in fact it was thanks to our original suggestion that they added the vine stalk to the bottle. they were doing it for another range but we asked them to give it to us with this bottle and it became the norm for it.

  7. Ciao Enzo6 months on and I still rate this wine, I drink it all the time. For this price point, it is my favourite Italian red.

  8. enzo says:

    ciao, i gotta eat my words: they were making this wine with the vine stalk before we said anything. yes it’s incredible good value. i also love the bianco di ciccio (80% trebbiano; 20% chardonnay) from the same range. *thumbsupx2*

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