Montepulciano is a type of wine grape as well as a type of red wine made from these same grapes from the Abruzzo region of East-Central Italy. Montepulciano is typically a fruity, dry wine with soft tannins and is often consumed young. Montepulciano makes a beautifully deep ruby red wine that is clear and brilliant with purplish shades. Over time the wine can turn to garnet red during its maturation. Montepulciano can have a fairly intense nose of strawberry and ripe plum fruit with flavors of cherries, peaches and plums. Montepulciano pairs with a wide variety of foods most notably baked lasagna. Up to 10% Sangiovese is permitted to be blended with Montepulciano.