Review: Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto 2021 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and 2022 Pinot Grigio

Review: Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto 2021 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and 2022 Pinot Grigio

Situated slightly northeast of Rome, Italy’s Abruzzo region has many a delight to offer wine lovers and those looking for an adventure slightly off the tourist-beaten paths. While it is tempting to carry on about the beauty of the Giulianova seaside or the simple joy of smelling fresh, hand-picked batches of saffron, today we focus attention on two wines from the vineyards of Pescara’s Cantina Zaccagnini.

2021 Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC – Presenting a solid foundation of blackberry and dark cherry, this wine gains assistance from white pepper as it develops in the glass. Additional layers unfold on the palate, with black tea and toasted oak providing some dimension between the rich interplay of tannins and acidity. The finish favors its earthier elements, with oak, pepper, and leather leading the charge. This bottle holds promise with one to two years if stored away from sight, but it’s also ready to deliver presently if in a pinch. Whether cellared or opened immediately, it will be a nice experience for the asking price. B+ / $17

2022 Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Pinot Grigio Terre Di Chieti IGT – Very approachable, with notes of pear and green apple running throughout. On the palate, there’s a gentle touch of white flowers and guava for good measure and a hint of fresh-cut grass on the finish. Never falling out of balance, it is as straightforward and unpretentious a Pinot Grigio as I’ve encountered in some time. It’s a completely serviceable and smart selection for casual, low-key gatherings. B / $19

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2022 Cantina Zaccagnini Tralcetto Pinot Grigio Terre Di Chieti IGT

$19
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Rating

8.0/10

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

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