The powerhouse grape that is perhaps too prolific for its own good. Montepulciano grows so successfully in the Abruzzo climate that for generations much of the farming has been focused on volume first, quantity over quality. Many great Abruzzese producers, as well as in neighboring Adriatic regions Marche and Molise, now experiment with their own combinations of clonal selection and unique vineyard management techniques. At the very least they’ve proven there is no single correct path to success. Montepulciano has proven it can handle strength and extraction just as it can show finesse and elegance; it can be made to be enjoyed young as much as it can age beautifully.