If you like your red wines simple and unadorned, the 2017 Caldora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is for you. It is a 100% varietal wine, with no oak aging used in the making of it. Alcohol is easy to take at 13% abv and the wine retails for $12.
The Caldora carries a subdued nose, rather like a toned down Syrah. It's certainly a clean nose, with no oak to color the fruit. The Montepulciano grapes take center stage, showing blackberry and plum aromas and similar dark fruit flavors. The acidity is fresh and lively. The lack of complexity is not a problem, as the wine sips just fine.