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Wine Review: Pasiteo Fassati Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 ($25)

Vino Nobile – this is a Tuscan wine that never gets its due. Less well known than Barolo and Barbaresco, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano deserves to be recognized among the best wines in Italy. Primarily made from the Chianti grape – Sangiovese – and blended with some other local varieties, Vino Nobile is not to be confused with Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, which is a different kind of a wine and a different grape.

I reviewed a Vino Nobile last year that was decent but nothing special. This time around, I’ve found a much better example of this treasure of a wine, and at a good price. The Pasiteo Fassati Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 ($25) has an exotic nose of violets, cocoa, leather and concentrated cherries. The palette is equally enticing and complex, showing rosemary, plum, campfire smoke and tart cherries. The flavors linger forever. This is a powerful wine that could use a few more years of aging to soften the tannins, but still drinks well now. Vino Nobile won't appeal to everyone – it’s not an easy-drinking wine – but the Pasiteo Fassati is a delicious slice of central Italy.

Quaffability Rating: 90


“Wine Review: Pasiteo Fassati Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 ($25)”