I've had good experiences with Fresh & Easy's Italian selections, and so I was curious in a "pleasantly surprised" way when I noticed this Montepulciano d'Abruzzo on the shelf. Even at the Indicazione Geografica Tipica level, Montepulciano d'Abruzzos can be very good wine deals, as evidenced here.
The wine opens with earthy aromas of cherry and blueberry. Typical of the Montepulciano grape, this is soft and approachable red but not at all flabby or fat. The acidity is nicely balanced and gives the wine a nice grip. In the mouth Ora is all about succulent, slightly sour cherry fruit and hints of licorice and tar, and it finishes with soft, sweet tannins.
All in all, this is a fun, juicy, fruit-forward red, and perhaps something to reach for instead of a generic Merlot.
Total value: 12/15