Montepeloso A Quo 2018
Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jan 2021: [Montepulciano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan, Alicante Bouschet] The 2018 A Quo is rich and explosive in the glass, with superb presence and tons of intensity, but all in the gracious style of the year. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit and spice are front and center. In 2018, A Quo is supremely delicious. Best of all, it remains a tremendous value in artisan wine. Drink: 2020 – 2028. 92 pts.
Monica Larner, Wine Advocate, Jan 2021: A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Montepulciano, 15% Sangiovese, 15% Marselan and 5% Alicante Bouschet, the Montepeloso 2018 A Quo is the entry-level expression that unfolds to a rich and sultry display of dark fruit, spice and a touch of charred meat. The blend is quite eccentric, but the basic elements are all there, such as the structure from the Cabernet Sauvignon, the wild character of the Montepulciano and the perfumed intensity of the other grapes. This is a terrific value buy. Drink: 2020-2027. 92 points.
In 2018, the entry-level A Quo is pliant, supple and super-expressive. Plum, lavender, menthol and crème de cassis all meld together in a soft, supple Maremma red that will drink well right out of the gate. The purity of the dark red purplish berry fruit is striking, as is the wine's freshness.