The 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano opens to a sultry and savory character that reminds me of a raspy-voiced jazz singer. Happily, the metaphor fits perfectly because that's the other hat worn by proprietor Caterina Dei when she's not making wine. In fact, a music amphitheater is conveniently built into the back side of the barrel room. Dark fruit, dried cherry, tilled earthy and cured leather emerge from the bouquet. There is a point of tannic dryness or astringency that is found across the wines from this hot and dry vintage.