Illuminati, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC (Abruzzo, Italy) “Ilico” 2018

($24, Montcalm Wine Importers):  This Riserva, made from a selection of the best Montepulciano grapes, is real step up from this house’s other, entry-level releases: there’s much more going on here.  Not bigger or bolder, it’s just broader and more layered.  The tannins are more refined, giving it a glossier texture.  Though this nicely balanced wine displays similar energy to Illuminati’s Lumeggio di Rosso, it has a longer and more enticing finish.  Similar to Illuminati’s other Montepulciano wines, it’s a delight to drink now.
92 Michael Apstein Apr 27, 2021