2011 Azienda Agricola Dino Illuminati Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Ilico with chicken a la parmiggiana tonight. Great $15 buy at Spec’s that punches well above its price class. Deep cherry and black berry fruit with nice earth, dried herbs and pine nut. Perfect for the hefty meal it was served alongside.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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