Those who need a familiar reference point might think of montepulciano d’Abruzzo as poor man’s Chianti. This one – at a premium to the under-$10 price of its entry-level kin – could proudly sit alongside many Chiantis. That said, the style’s a bit different. There’s sweeter, jammier fruit in this Abruzzo red than in many similarly priced Chiantis from further north in Tuscany. Medium-full-bodied, it exhibits good balance between sweet-sour fruit and smoky-herbal savoury notes. A solid choice for a variety of foods, from pizza to pork chops to steak.