Masciarelli D.O.C. 2011 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, $8.49-$11.99, 89 points, began in the glass as a deep crystalline ruby, but trended a bright purple red toward the clear rim ring.
Though the aroma was nearly asleep, cardamom, cedar, strawberry, and red cherry were quite pleasant.
Nearly full bodied, almost a thick (chewy) texture carried good acidity, persistent grainy tannin, and flavors of the nose richly onto the palate with a dominant red cherry.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a well integrated 13% alcohol, and gentle paprika spice notes.
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