I made another Montepulciano discovery recently — the Ciu Ciu Oppidium. Hailing from the Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast, Oppidium is bio-dynamically farmed and 100 percent Montepulciano.
Picked late in the year, the wine has a slight “ripasso” character to it, which I love. The later harvest of slightly overripe grapes also soften the tannins, which I also appreciate. More delicate and elegant than the Masciarelli Montepulciano, the Oppidium is softer, sweeter, and ready to drink right now.