I find that Vino Nobile di Montepulciano walks a fine line between Chianti and Brunello. Its flavors and textures are deeper and more layered than your average Chianti, yet it is not as firm and structured as Brunello. The nose shows a mix of wild berries and floral notes that truly set it apart from other Sangiovese-based wines. Its high acidity and lighter body allows it to pair well with poultry and game.
Rustic Pork Ragu
Sangiovese is almost always an excellent match with pork. In Tuscany, it would be wild boar, called cinghiale. You can easily adjust a pork ragu by using a wild bore roast for a more ethnic feel. With this pairing, the flavors of the wine and sauce pay compliments to each other and make for an excellent combination.
2007 Crociani Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva - The nose was intense yet finessed with crushed wild berries, plums and citrus rinds. On the palate, it was velvety smooth with mixed berries, inner floral notes and earth tones. The finish was long and clung to the palate with staying fruit and fine tannins.