Avignonesi’s Vino Nobile not only brought the winery fame, it also revitalized the DOC. After more than 25 years, Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano continues to be considered one of the region’s best. The wine is made entirely from Prugnolo Gentile (the local name for the clone of Sangiovese). It was aged for 18 months: 80% in barriques, 20% in large barrels. This is a soft, rounded wine with silky tannins and a palate of ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit with hints of dark chocolate. While nicely balanced to enjoy now, the wine will age well for six to eight years.
“There’s loads of Sangiovese character here, from the earthy, tobacco-scented beginning to the cherry, leather and earth flavors, all underlined by stiff, chalky tannins. Rustic yet soulful. Best from 2018 through 2024.”
91 points, Wine Spectator, Oct 2016
“The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano marks a very happy return for Avignonesi. This wine underlines the commitment and the dedication of the estate’s new owners and I could not be happier for this turnaround. Past vintages may have seen smaller percentages of Merlot, but this vintage paints a pretty picture of Sangiovese in a classic vintage. The Tuscan grape requires a long growing season and a sunny September. This vintage offered both. The bouquet opens to wild fruit aromas with distinct mineral tones that define and delineate the aromatic offering. The mouthfeel reveals good complexity and lots of bright freshness. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine that can be consumed young. In fact, I would recommend an early drinking window in the case of this wine.”
91+ points, Monica Larner, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Jan 2017