Illuminati, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC (Italy) “Spiano” 2015

($12, Montcalm Wine Importers):  Though I reviewed this wine a couple of years ago, it’s worth revisiting because it is still available at virtually the same price.  Still a bargain, it shows that non-prestigious wines are not necessarily a flash in the pan. Importantly, it reminds us that when you find a bargain, you can buy a few cases without fear that the wine will deteriorate.  This one from the Montepulciano grape, not one known for grandeur, continues to deliver dark fruity charm with an attractive hint of rusticity.  Bright acidity keeps it fresh. Pepperoni pizza, penne with sausage — I could on, but you get the idea.
87 Michael Apstein Feb 18, 2020