Very seductive smooth warm dark fruits, a touch of tobacco and a slight earthiness.
We had this with a spicy lamb dish (from Diana Henry’s Simple cook book) and the two went perfectly.
This is an old favourite that I hadn’t tried for some time, so I was delighted to find it is as good as ever. You can find plenty of very cheap Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, but usually it is fairly nasty too. Illuminati is one of the good guys.
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