Zonin 2010 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC, Italy; 12.5% ABV
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 14 May

Zonin_2010_MontepulcianoDAbruzzoI opened this before I started to cook, pouring off a half bottle for another night and leaving the rest in the open bottle.  When dinner started, it was nearly 90 minutes later and, by then, the wine was fully open and quite good for the price.  It showed textured fruit of darker purple / red plum, prune, black earth, and some black pepper.  In addition to ripe fruit, it had the stronger acid typical of Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, but for me this went well with a pasta with red sauce and sausage.

A couple days later, the second half, stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air, was softer and fruitier, less earthy and acid, but still tasty enough.  Overall, pretty good for an every day wine at this price.  Don’t wait to drink it.


9 thoughts on “Zonin 2010 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

  1. EHL

    Bought a couple bottles of this and opened one up a couple of nights ago.

    Not impressed…simple and non-descript…the second day it turned pruney and acidic.

    Taking it all back…quickly.


    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Hi EHL. Sorry to hear this one, too, varies, and that you got the other end of the spectrum. Thanks for trying one and letting us know.

    1. weinish

      Right, Abruzzi. The grape vs the town.

      Zonin may have some higher end wines but they seem to have a lot of crap too.

      Mont D’Ab…wines do provide value in the category of you like these wines, and I do. When I get over this cold I’ll try it out.

      I’m guessing this bottle is usually no more than $9-10 elsewhere.

  2. Seedboy

    Zonin is a massive player in Italy. They make good wine and wine that is not so good. That 2000 Bordeaux blend that appeared for a while was really good.

  3. inthewinecountry

    weinish, could you expand on that? any links or reviews of Zonin on their wines? Sounds good for a Italian red.

  4. weinish

    Zonin gets a bad rap so I avoided it, but considering 2010 is arguably the greatest grow year in Tuscany history I was wondering.

    Thanks for the review.

    1. GOWineLover

      Yup, I just came back from Italy and spent 3 days in Chianti (couldn’t get further South with our timeline 😦 ) but tasted plenty of Brunellos and Barolos. Experience with Italian wine prior was very slim.

      2010s across the board are getting really, really good reviews and everyone we talked to was very high on the growing season and final products. I’ll definitely give this one a shot if I see it in the East Bay.


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