This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Terra d'Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2016

In parts of Europe, they still get almost the entire month of August off.  What a civilized concept in today’s hectic environment in North America!  Grab a few bottles (or a case) of this amazing value Italian red wine and dream about what it would be like to get the whole month of August off.

Tasting Notes: After 24 months in large oak barrels, then a further 3 months in bottle before being released, Terra d’Aligi Tatone 2016 has evolved into a well-integrated wine showing black currant and red berry fruit, violet notes, and sweet baking spices, all with a fresh, balanced acidity.

Enjoy With: BBQ ribs or burgers.

Style: A dry, medium-bodied, fruity red wine.

Terroir/Region: The Italian region of Abruzzo has a long winemaking history going back to the 6th century BC.  A mountainous landscape facing the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo is a perfect haven for grape growing due to the abundance of sunshine, high altitudes and generous rainfall.

Producer: The Spinelli Winery is a family business, meaning that everything that really matters is part of its history. The Spinelli family is rooted in the land, which has always been passed from one generation to the next. Today, the main keepers of this tradition are Carlo and Adriano Spinelli, the two sons of Vincenzo who created the company more than 40 years ago.  Carlo and Adriano are looking to the future in new innovations and also in starting the process to transition to the next generation.

Availability: The 2016 Terra d’Aligi Tatone Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can be found in the Vintages section of your local LCBO and will be available for online ordering on Saturday, August 8.


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Price: $16.95

LCBO#: 994696

Size: 750mL

Alcohol Content: 13.0% alc./vol.