This is the perfect "spaghetti red", a quaffable Montepulciano you can whip out for simple meals, and at a price that's easy on the pocketbook. Produced near Chieti in Abruzzo by a local co-op of grape growers, this Montepulciano is better than many Tuscan Sangiovese, and for a far cheaper price. The nose is rich with blackberries, black cherries, and black olives, and on the palate you get a mouthful of dark fruits and herbal notes, with nice acidity and modest tannins. Pair with grilled meats, pizza, and good ol' spaghetti al ragù. Delicious.